Joseph Kleitsch -
Born in the Banat region of Hungary on
June 6, 1882, Joseph Kleitsch began painting at age seven and was
awarded a scholarship by his village to study art. He continued his
training in Budapest, Munich, and Paris. By age 17 he was an
accomplished portraitist with such sitters as Emperor Franz Joseph of
Oil on board, 16 x 20 inches
He immigrated to the U.S. in 1901 and established a studio in
Cincinnati; during 1906-07 he was a resident of Denver. He then
traveled to Mexico City where he was the official portraitist to
President Madero. Kleitsch painted portraits of many prominent citizens
of Chicago while further studying at the AIC. Upon moving to California
in 1920, he settled in Laguna Beach and, with his wife Edna, established
the Kleitsch Academy.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches
He taught there and was active in the
local art scene while exhibiting in Los Angeles at Stendahl and Hatfield
galleries. Trips were made to San Francisco, Carmel, and Europe in
search of subject matter. Inspired by the local scenery, he could often
be seen in and around Laguna painting street scenes with figures,
gardens in bloom, coastals, and landscapes.
Kleitsch died of a heart attack in Santa Ana, CA on Nov. 16, 1931.
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
AIC, 1914 (gold medal); Palette & Chisel Club, 1914-19; Stendahl Gallery
(LA), 1922-29; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1922-23; Leonard's (LA),
1923; Ambassador Hotel (LA), 1924; Biltmore Salon (LA), 1924; Ebell Club
(LA), 1924; PAFA, 1925; Pasadena Public Library, 1928; Laguna Beach AA,
1928-30; LACMA, 1933 (memorial).
Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Laguna Beach Museum; Irvine (CA) Museum; Federal
Bank Bldg. (Laguna)
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
"The Old Mission"
Oil on canvas, 18 x 20 inches
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