When Steele was at the height of his popularity, he would often head off into the woods and paint three or four original works on canvas each and every day. He often liked to rise at 4:00 am and head out into the wilderness, in order to take full advantage of what the sunlight and the elements offered him throughout the entire scope of the day.
Below are examples from the Steele Gallery – some of which garnered national and international awards, while others simply captured the dignified beauty of a portrait or memorable landscape.
Images courtesy Indiana State Museum and State Historic Sites.
Cows by the Stream - 1895
Flower Garden at Brookville - 1901
House of the Singing Winds - 1922
Monument in the Snow - 1918
November Harmony - 1893
Pleasant Run - 1887
Portrait of Daisy - 1891
Portrait of James Whitcomb Riley - 1891
Road to Schleissheim - 1882
Selma in the Garden - date unknown
The Bloom of the Grape - 1893
The Boatman - 1884
The Brook in the Woods - 1889
The Poplars - 1914
The Shades - 1888
Vernon Beeches - 1892