Theodore Clement Steele [1847-1926]

T.C. Steele is considered to be one of the finest of the American impressionist painters to work in the Midwest. A leading member of the Hoosier School painters, Steele was a native of Indiana who studied at the Indiana School of Art as well as the Royal Academy in Munich. Upon returning to the US, Steele co-founded the Indianapolis School of Art with William Forsyth. In these early years, Steeleā€™s paintings were very much in the dark, dramatic style of the Munich School. It was only after Steele began exploring the Indiana countryside for inspiration that his palette would brighten. By 1893 T.C. Steele was showing, to critical acclaim, impressionist landscapes at the Chicago Exposition. In 1906 he settled in the remote region of Brown County, Indiana, where he painted exclusively in the pure impressionist style he had adopted.