Online Exclusive: The McMicken School of Design: works by Lewis Henry Meakin & Charles Salis Kaelin

Current Exhibition

  • Starts October 4, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
  • Ends November 30, 2019 3:00 PM EST
  • Eisele Gallery


The McMicken School of Design: works by LEWIS HENRY MEAKIN & CHARLES SALIS KAELIN

Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Lewis Henry Meakin and Charels Salis Kaelin. As students of art these two remarkable artists were both inspired and influenced by other important 19th century artists. They settled in middle America, Cincinnati Ohio, at the McMiken school of design (presently the art Academy of Cincinnati). Although their paths took alternate courses, traveling frequently to Europe and later settling in the north east, these two artists painted among golden age of landscape painter's and during the early days of impressionism in America.

Founded in 1869 the McMicken School of Design was an early foundation for many talented 19th century artists. The school's first headmaster was Thomas S. Noble whose well-known initial works are historical presentations, painted to make strong political and moral commentary, and best known for his anti-slavery paintings. After studying in Munich and towards the end of his life, Noble focused his artistic work on landscapes of Ohio and Kentucky countryside and Bensonhurst, New York. Nobel and other influential teachers like Frank Duveneck influenced important artists such as L.H. Meakin and C.S. Kaelin.



Born in Newcastle, England on 12 July 1850, Meakin enrolled in the McMicken School of Design at the University of Cincinnati under the watchful eye of Thomas S. Noble. After studying in Europe, he became a lifelong teacher at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He is recognized as an important Midwest landscapist, who began working in a Tonalist manner, and then moved toward Impressionism around the turn of the century. In 1891, he painted in Gloucester and Camden, and in 1893-94 he was with William Picknell in Paris, Normandy and Southern France. In 1911-1917, he was a curator for the Cincinnati Art Museum. George Bellows considered him to be "one of the best landscape painters in America".



Kaelin was born in Cincinnati in 1858, the son of a Swiss lithographer. Following in his father's footsteps, he entered a local lithographic firm at the age of sixteen. In the fall of 1877, he enrolled in evening classes at the McMicken School of Design (later known as the Art Academy of Cincinnati), where he was taught by Thomas Satterwhite Noble. Described as an artist whose "love of nature amounted to a passion," Charles Salis Kaelin was one of the earliest American exponents of Divisionism. A respected member of the art colony at Rockport, Massachusetts, Kaelin did colorful renderings of Cape Ann scenery. These paintings were championed by many of his fellow artists, including Frank Duveneck, one of the first to recognize the high quality and innovative nature of his work.