Theodore Clement Steele USA
9-11-1847 Gosport, USA - 7-24-1926 Belmont, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
In 1870, after having studied briefly in Cincinnati and Chicago, Theodore Clement Steele moved to Battle Creek and began working as a portrait painter. Three years later he he settled in Indianapolis where he had access to plenty of people who wanted oil portraits painted. He had only been famous locally for the portraits, but became nationally famous because of his landscape oil paintings. He sailed for Europe with funding from patrons and remained there for five years, studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. After his return to Indianapolis in 1885, Theodore Clement Steele opened his art studio again and began taking commissions for portraits. Over the years, Steele painted the likeness of President Harrison and many other prominent people.
Theodore Clement Steele went to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and saw a big collection of French Impressionism paintings. Gradually, Steele's style in painting landscapes began to change so that it became more impressionistic. Steele was still doing conventional portraits, but not conventional landscapes, almost like an alter ego.
Theodore Clement Steele’s work has appeared in a number of prestigious exhibitions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) in Chicago, Illinois; the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904) in Saint Louis; the International Exhibit of Fine Arts (1910) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915) in San Francisco, California.
As Theodore Clement Steele’s reputation grew, an increasing number of visitors were attracted to meet the artist and to see his work and estate. His appreciation of nature, combined with his intelligence and his capacity for concentrated study, raised his works to an extraordinary level.
Art Movement: Impressionism Art
Influences: Gyula Benczúr, Ludwig Löfftz
Traveled: France, Germany