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Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931)

 Joseph Kleitsch was one of Laguna Beach’s most notable early residents and painters. He was born in Banad, Hungary in 1885, and as a young child began art studies in Budapest, Munich, and Paris.

Excelling at portraiture he was commissioned to paint royalty and dignitaries of his time.  Kleitsch emigrated to Chicago, a destination for many eastern European immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century, and there began studies at the Art Institute.

He moved permanently to California in 1920 and settled in Laguna Beach where he established the Kleitsch Academy.  He exhibited regularly with the Stendahl Galleries of Los Angeles, becoming a favorite of the art scene of Southern California.  He made painting trips to San Francisco, Carmel, France and Mexico.

It was in France that he created an important body of work that was sent to Stendahl in the late 1920's.  Initiating his career as an impressionist, Kleitsch eventually pushed his art in the direction of the moderns.  His tendencies to explore newer techniques made him one of the most innovative California Impressionists.

He died untimely in Mexico on a painting excursion in 1931.

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Yellow and Blue Cloisonne


Divers Cove, Laguna


Laguna Coastal Scene


Laguna Beach


Laguna Beach


Just before the Shower


Inlet-Laguna


Flower Garden, Laguna


Carmel Cypress, 1924


Behind the Fence


A Still Life of Roses


Mission Flowers, San Juan C


Apples and Strawberries


French Scene-Untitled


Children of Capistrano


Laguna Shore Line


Still Life with Fruit


Still Life of Fruit


Baptismal Font Capistrano


Saturday Afternoon by a Hotel Pool


Evening Shadows


French Seaport


Yellow Cloisonne and Amber Beads


The Girl in Red


The Cove


The Cloisters


Sunday-Laguna Beach


Laguna Rocks


Still Life with Apples and Oranges


Lakeside Wildflowers, Saugatuck, Michigan


Reflection


Red and Green


Raspberries


Pioneer Homes


Peonies


Old Laguna


Still Life


Still Life with Nuts & Apples




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