St. Louis Mercantile Library

 

Lillian Thoele, Missouri Splendor
Lillian Thoele (1894 - 1971)   Missouri Splendor, n.d., oil on canvas
Lillian Thoele (1894 - 1971)
Missouri Splendor, n.d., oil on canvas
Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
Lillian Thoele was a St. Louis native. She studied at the Washington University School of Fine Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. Early in her career Thoele worked as a commercial artist, becoming an active member of the Women’s Advertising Club. She was also a member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and the Society of Independent Artists of St. Louis; as an indication of her reputation, in 1962 Thoele was voted into the Federated International Artist’s League.

In this painting, Thoele has captured the glory of a midwest autumn with crimson-leaved trees framing our view of the green valley. The homes and farm buildings nestled amid the trees speak to the long, proud history of agriculture in Missouri.