''Dahlias'', still life with flowers and two vases, signed and dated lower right: T.C. Steele / 1915, titled on the stretcher, oil on burlap, 25'' H x 30'' W, est: $30,000/50,000 Note: T.C. Steele befriended writer Gene Stratton Porter (1863-1924) through their mutual love of flowers, particularly dahlias. The youngest of twelve children, Porter started writing as a child. She married Charles Porter in 1886 and by the late 1890s regularly submitted articles to magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's Magazine and The Metropolitan Magazine. She initially published anonymously so articles that might not be well received did not embarrass her husband. Eventually, she did publish articles and books in her own name on birds, flowers and nature, and through her work made the acquaintance of Indiana artist Steele. Family oral history suggests that Porter commissioned Steele to paint the present still life depicting a central vase bursting with multi-colored dahlia blooms. The original long-necked brown vase seen at the painting's right is in the collection of the T.C. Steele State Historical Site in Nashville, Indiana. Provenance: Gene Stratton Porter, friend of the artist; by descent in the family to Private Collection, Redondo Beach, CA
Visual: Generally good condition. Minor frame abrasion, heavier along the lower right edge. Blacklight: A 1'' x 3.5'' 'J'-shaped area of touch-up with corresponding patch verso in the center. A 1.75'' x 1'' scattered area of touch-up in the upper right corner.