Theodore Clement Steele Biography | Oil Paintings.

9-11-1847 Gosport, Indiana USA - 7-24-1926 Belmont, Indiana USA

Steele, Theodore Clement

Theodore Clement Steele aka T.C. Steele began art training at the Waveland Collegiate Institute as a boy. At sixteen, he went to Asbury College now DePauw University in Indiana to continue his art education. Steele also studied briefly in Chicago, and Cincinnati, before returning to Indiana in 1870 to paint portraits on commission.

Three years later Theodore Clement Steele moved to Indianapolis where many people wanted oil portraits painted. He became famous regionally for his portrait painting and famous nationally by 1890 for his landscape oil paintings.

To help T. C. Steele improve with additional art training, his friend and art patron, Herman Lieber, arranged financial support so Steele could study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In exchange for future oil paintings from Steele, thirteen art patrons pledged $100 each (equivalent to $2000 today) to support Steele’s overseas studies. He sailed for Europe with the funding and remained there for five years, and he stayed a few more months by painting and selling reproductions of Old Masters.

After his return to Indianapolis in 1885, Theodore Clement Steele again opened an art studio to paint portraits on commission. Over the years, Steele painted many prominent people including a Portrait of President Benjamin Harrison.

He exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and saw a big collection of French Impressionism paintings which influenced him greatly. Bit by bit, Steele's painting style began to change so that his landscapes became more Impressionistic, his portraits did not change and were still conventional, but his landscapes changed immensely as if he was two different artists.

Theodore Clement Steele’s work has appeared in several prestigious exhibitions, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 in Saint Louis, the 1910 International Exhibit of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco.

As Theodore Clement Steele’s reputation grew, his appreciation of nature, combined with his intelligence raised his works to an extraordinary level. In 1913 he was elected as an associate artist to the National Academy of Design in New York and in 1922 T. C. Steele accepted the appointment as Indiana University’s first artist in residence.

Art Movement: Impressionism Art.
Artists Influencing Theodore Clement Steele: Gyula Benczúr, Ludwig Löfftz.
He Traveled To France, Germany.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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