Charles McLaughlin (American/Kentucky 1888-1964)
Charles Jasper McLaughlin's works were shown extensively at prestigious galleries in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and in New York City between the 1930's through the late 1940's. Although The Enquirer said of McLaughlin in his obituary, "One of Metropolitan Cincinnati's Greatest Painters," history has forgotten the work of this Covington, Kentucky born artist.
McLaughlin attended Holmes High School in Covington and the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1905 where he studied under Frank Duveneck. He also studied fresco painting in France under the guidance of Paul Boudoin and Robert LeMontaigne-St. Hubert at the Sorbonne in Paris. Further, the young artist studied
landscape painting under Andre Strauss and Raymond Balland.
McLaughlin was a man of many talents and interests. For instance, he spent two summers studying architecture at Fountainebleu, France. Later, in 1916, McLaughlin designed his own home in Covington, "The Riverside House." In addition, he designed the interior of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Covington.
He worked at Rookwood as a decorator from 1913 to 1920. During some time, he worked for the Kentucky Post.
For a period in the early 1920's McLaughlin did architectural work with the Ferro Concrete Company in Cincinnati. From 1927 to 1929 he taught architecture at the Texas A & M College, and by the early 1930's he returned to Cincinnati to once again study painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy.
McLaughlin traveled to France, Italy, Corsica, Greece and Mexico. Out of the places he visited, Mexico must have held a special place in his heart because he owned a "picturesque place" at Saltillo. His studio in Mexico shows up in many of his landscapes, such as Mesa and Mountains, and Saltillo's Matterhorn.