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T.C. Steele (1847-1926)
Theodore Clement Steele was born in Waveland, Indiana, in 1847. In 1873, Steele moved to Indianapolis, where he studied at the Indiana School of Art, and where he formed a friendship with a patron, Herman Lieber, who sponsored Steele and his family to study in Europe. Choosing Munich for financial reasons among others, Steele studied there with the American artist Frank Duvanek, and later with Jean Leon Gerome in Paris.
In 1885 Steele returned to Indianapolis and formed an art school with William Forsyth. His works from this period strongly reflect the Germanic style in which he’d recently been immersed. By 1893 Steele’s palette had lightened considerably and he was exhibiting delicate impressionist scenes inspired by changing nature.
In 1906, following the death of his first wife, Steele remarried and moved to Brown County, a remote area of Indiana. Settling in at the “House of the Singing Winds”, T.C. Steele produced an impressive pure impressionist oeuvre there until his death in 1926.
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