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Theodore Clement Steele

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Theodore Clement Steele (also known as T.C. Steele) was born on September 11th, 1847, in Owen County, Indiana. T.C. Steele attended the Waveland Collegiate Institute for secondary school and had an interest in art at a young age. He later moved to Indianapolis to become a portrait painter for wealthy residents. This helped fund his education at the Royal Academy in Munich, Germany from 1880 to 1885. He went there to hone his skills in landscape painting. While studying there, he met fellow landscape painters John Ottis Adams, William J. Forsyth, and Otto Stark. He would later form the “Hoosier Group” with them and Richard Buckner Gruelle. They were the most influential group of Indiana artists in the early 20th-century who created the most innovative and profitable Impressionist landscape art in Indiana. Unfortunately, T.C. Steele’s success was bittersweet as his wife, whom he had three children with, died shortly after the Hoosier Group was founded. He eventually remarried and moved to Brown County. Steele’s artwork focused on the vistas he found around his home until his death on July 24th, 1926.

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