Posted by Larry
Joseph Kleitsch was born on June 6, 1882 in Banat, Hungary. He trained and studied at schools in Budapest, Munich and Paris. He lived and painted in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, and maintained studios in Mexico City and Chicago. He held memberships at the Chicago Society of Artists, the Laguna Beach Art Assn., Painters' and Sculptors' Club and the Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago.
He won the Gold Medal at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1914, the Silver Medal at the Painters' and Sculptors' Club and the Grand Prize and Figure Prize at the Laguna Beach Art Asn. Works by Joseph Kleitsch can be found at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art and in important private collections.
Joseph Kleitsch, an avid plein air painter, was inspired by the streets and shores of Laguna Beach, California. He had been characterized as a "master of gorgeous color". Arthur Millier, art critic for the Los Angeles Times, in 1933 said of Kleitsch, "A born colorist, he seemed to play on canvas with the abandon of a gypsy violinist". Earlier Anthony Anderson, also an art critic for the Los Angeles Times in 1922, was quoted as saying of Kleitsch's work, "Kleitsch has discovered more varieties of lovliness in Laguna Beach than any other artist...he explored little intimate places, he painted quaint old streets with towering eucalyptus, the gardens rioting with bloom, and he introduced feminine figures straying through these charming purlieus..."
Kleitsch died at the early age of forty-six on November 16, 1931.
The author of this Joseph Kleitsch biography is a collector and active buyer of Kleitsch's paintings, he can be reached through email at: Brentemail@aol.com (Larry)