Theodore Clement Steele, American, 1847–1926
Oil on canvas
63.5 cm x 76.2 cm | 25 in x 30 in
Signed and dated lower right, T.C. Steele / 1923
By permission, David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University
Elisabeth Ball Collection, gift of George and Frances Ball Foundation
Accession number: 1984.009.003
This painting is in the collection of the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana which includes the thirteen paintings by T.C. Steele listed below. These paintings represent three genres: portrait, landscape, still life.
- Portrait Study, signed / 1884
- Tennessee Mountain Land, signed / 1899
- Path Through the Woods, signed / 1900
- Portrait of John Ottis Adams, about 1900
- Untitled (landscape with houses), 1904
- Frosty Morning – Brookville, signed / 1905
- A Summer Day, signed / 1906
- Edge of the Field (a.k.a. Summer Pasture), signed / 1918
- Vase of Flowers, signed / 1919
- Afternoon in Late Autumn, signed / c. 1920-1922
- Peonies in a Dark Red Bowl, signed / 1923
- Untitled (Landscape, road on a hill) / n.d.
- Untitled (Landscape, cow on road) / n.d.
Peonies in a Dark Red Bowl was in the Elisabeth Ball Collection, gift of George and Frances Ball Foundation. Elisabeth Ball was the only child of George and Frances Ball. Elisabeth Ball was educated at Vassar College and trained as a botanist. Like her parents, Elisabeth Ball also placed importance on American Art. Her namesake collection includes several important American paintings.
The Ball family were American industrialists and philanthropists, and their product most widely recognized still today are “Ball jars”, which are used for canning.
The former Indiana State Normal College, Eastern Division was named Ball State University in 1965 in recognition of the family generosity. Ball State is one of a few public colleges in the US that includes a family name.
Special thanks to the David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Ball Family Collection