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Collection Tri-Kappa
Catalog Number 1999.001.050
Title Marsh Stream
Artist Steele, W. Karl
Object Name painting
Date 1939
Description Original oil painting of a marsh scene.
MARSH STREAM
Hoosier Salon 1939 $300.00
W. Karl Steele
(1 910- 1939)
No. 8
Oil Painting
24 X 34
Painted with earth tones ... dune colored hills, russet foliage, pale grasses, tree
skeletons against the sky .. an Indefinable luminous quality to the marsh, the clouds
reflect a · certain brilliance to the dull sky and the river gleams between its banks
before It darkly tumbles into obscurity …the subject was taken from the Tamerac
swamps that are quite frequently seen In the southern part of Michigan and the northern part of Indiana … the reddish bushes and marsh grass are especially Interesting
In the early winter months making a good setting for those point Tameracs
... born Willard, Ohio in 1910, 1 trying for a short time in Sturgis, Michigan, then
to Elkhart ... through the years he assimilated Indiana atmosphere and tradition ...
from early childhood his ambition was to be an artist ... received his elementary art
training from an art course in high school taught by Eva Cole ... while In high
school one of two paintings was accepted for exhibition... the rejected one sold for
$750.00 .. attended John Herron Art Institute … ability recognized by being recipient
of Indianapolis Art Association scholarships for 3 ½ years ... In senior year won
the John C. Shaffer $500.00 prize.
Provenance Purchased from the Hoosier Salon in 1939.
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions H-23.75 W-34 inches
Catalog date 1999-12-10