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.