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 Austria.
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
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Plein Air Painters
(Ruth Westphal); American Art Annual
1915-33; Art Digest, 4-15-1932; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); Antiques & Fine Art, Dec. 1987; Los Angeles Times, 7-23-1922 & 11-22-193l (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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