The House of the Singing Winds (Revised)
First published by the Indiana Historical Society in 1966 and now available for the state's 2016 bicentennial, this detailed account of the life and work of one of Indiana's most-renowned artists, Theodore C. Steele, includes a new essay on the life of his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele, by noted Hoosier art authority Rachel Berenson Perry.
This revised edition of what has become a classic work on the painter's life and career also includes approximately seventy-five Steele paintings from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana University Art Museum, and private collectors from around the state. These paintings, many of which have never been published, demonstrate the importance of Steele to the art world in his time and in ours.
In addition to Perry's essay on Selma Steele, the book includes the original text from the 1966 printing. In The Life, Theodore L. Steele provides a biographical sketch of his grandfather from his birth in Owen County, Indiana, in 1847 to his move to Brown County in 1907. Using T. C. Steele's journals, sketchbooks, and correspondence, the author describes the painter s early training and dedication, his period of European study, and his close relationship with his first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Libbie) Lakin Steele. The House of the Singing Winds by Selma Steele is a poetic portrait of the artist's Brown County period, which lasted from 1907 until his death in 1926. Former John Herron Art Museum director Wilbur D. Peat s critique of the painter's work concludes the volume.
T. C. Steele s appreciation of nature, combined with his intelligence and capacity for concentrated study, raised his works to an extraordinary level. This story of his life and work in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century is an indispensable chapter in the cultural history of Indiana, the Midwest, and the nation.
Finalist (Art), Foreword INDIE Book of the Year Award
Hardcover. 236 pages. 2016, Indiana Historical Society Press. By Rachel B. Perry, Selma N. Steel, Theodore L. Steele and William D. Peat.