T.C. Steele Extravaganza: “Hazy Day,” “Through the Clearing” and “The Boatman”

15 Jul

I’ve been traveling to my home State of Indiana quite a lot this summer, and that’s reminded me of one of my favorite Impressionist painters from the Hoosier State — the great T.C. Steele (1847-1926).

Steele was born in Owen County, Indiana and moved to Indianapolis after study in Cincinnati, Chicago and Munich.  He’s considered the most important member of the so-called Hoosier Group of painters and is as well known for his landscapes as his portraits.  He painted a notable portrait of the poet James Whitcomb Riley.   Steele was given an honorary masters degree by Wabash College in 1900 and an honorary doctorate from Indiana University in 1916.  He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1913.

I’ve posted three by Steele, the haunting  landscapes Hazy Day and Through the Clearing, as well as the very striking portrait The Boatman.  You’ll find a lot of Steele’s work in collections in and outside of Indiana.  Really beautiful stuff!

2 Responses to “T.C. Steele Extravaganza: “Hazy Day,” “Through the Clearing” and “The Boatman””

  1. P. Baker July 16, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    “Through the clearing” reminds me of many places in Indiana. I’ve never seen these works (that I’m aware of), but it has the feel of Monet a bit. I like this guy. Makes me want to run out to some old stripper pits and shoot some guns.

  2. bobbalouie July 16, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    That’s right. T.C.’s friends knew him as “Buford.”

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