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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida fue un pintor impresionista español del siglo XIX y desarrolló mejor que nadie la técnica luminista. 
Quedó huérfano con apenas 2 años de edad. Y aunque su tío intentó enseñarle el oficio de cerrajero, desde la infancia su vocación por las artes ya era demasiado evidente. 

Una visita al Museo del Prado en 1881 provoca su admiración por Velázquez, Ribera y El Greco. Su carrera artística empieza a cosechar premios y medallas, obteniendo una pensión para estudiar en Roma y París. Poco a poco alcanza su madurez artística, obteniendo reconocimiento en la capital de España y en París.

Sus pinturas reúnen las principales características impresionistas como el gusto por el aire libre, la búsqueda de lo momentáneo, de lo fugaz, la captación de los efectos de la luz, la ausencia del negro y de los contornos y las pinceladas pequeñas y sueltas. En sus cuadros siempre se halla la presencia humana, actividades de gente de los pueblos, pero la gran protagonista de sus obras fue la luz mediterránea, que hace vibrar los colores y marca el movimiento de las figuras.

Martin Johnson HeadeApproaching Storm, Beach Near Newport, 1866-67. Oil on canvas

Look at this, the Luminists were brilliant. Clearly Martin Johnson Heade had a style solely his. Even though he was briefly taught by Edward Hicks, a more rustic painter in pertinence to style, he does not in any way put hinderance on his own technique because the difference of style between them is drastically radical. The absence of brushstroke, the purity of such a scene, the way in which the beach is dipped into a harshly lit dark gold, and how he puts emphasis on the background that the foreground, though stunning and refined, is secondary to the simplistic, behemoth, black clouds that rest so quaintly on this picture. Truly stunning.

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Sales kit for TOTO’s bathroom/kitchen surface material, Luminist. The material transmits light to allow subtle luminous glow.

Everything was designed and produced in swell studio from scratch. We started from sketching the device, the leather case, even latch design. We spent 3-4 days for the design, and about 3 weeks in total for the fabrication. Yes, swell DOES design too!

The LED light automatically turns on when the material is inserted into the device. The top slot in bag is for the device, and three smaller slots are for material samples. 

The kit is for TOTO sales person so they can easily show what the material is capable of to their customers.

http://swellnewyork.com/

Art History Meme: 5 Movements/Centuries - Luminism

Luminism is an American landscape painting style of the 1850s – 1870s, characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through using aerial perspective, and concealing visible brushstrokes. Luminist landscapes emphasize tranquillity, and often depict calm, reflective water and a soft, hazy sky

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) was an American artist whose paintings of American life in the frontier lands along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style. Left to languish in obscurity, Bingham’s work was rediscovered in the 1930s. Wikipedia

(“Canvassing for a Vote” by George Caleb Bingham)

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