Steer studied at the Gloucester School of Art, Ecole des Beaux Arts and Julians in Paris, (1882). His Impressionist pictures of the 1880's and 1890's are considered amongst his best
From 1895, Steer taught at the Slade School of Art. Four of Steer’s paintings were purchased by the Chantrey Bequest.
Steer was one of the founders of the New English Art Club in 1886, a group of British artists who felt their work was neglected by the Royal Academy
Philip Wilson Steer, the youngest of three children (one brother, Henry, one sister, Catherine) of Philip Steer (1810–1871) and his wife, Emma Harrison (1816–1898), was born in Birkenhead on 28th December, 1860
The amalgamation of French Impressionism with English Romanticism has, perhaps, been Wilson steer’s chief contribution to British art.
son of Philip Steer, a painter of portraits and teacher of painting
Steer's art after the mid-nineties is a remarkable example of the way in which landscape painting, involving a range of vested interests and a multiplicity of readings, has focused conflicting values around constructions of 'Britishness' and notions of'modernity'.
The 'deterioration' of [Steer's] creative faculties was difficult to explain given his sporadic development and famous silences. [Speculated reasons are] lethargy, debilitating middle age, and even the end of his relationship with his young model Rose Pettigrew.
. He was at the centre of much controversy in the British art world at the end of the nineteenth century and was a prime mover in the adoption of French Impressionist techniques during that period
It is also a fascinating story of how a modest and unassuming man devoted himself to art, even in the face of increasing blindness, and became a leader of opinion through his painting