Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931)
Joseph Kleitsch was born in Banat, Hungary, in 1882, where his early artistic talents were recognized and encouraged. Kleitsch studied in his native country, as well as in Munich and Paris. An accomplished portraitist who among his sitters were Franz Josef of Austria and Mexican President Francisco Madero, Kleitsch moved to Chicago to attend the Art Institute and where he continued painting portraits as a means of income.
Kleitsch moved to Laguna Beach in 1920 and there established the Kleitsch Academy of Art. In Laguna Beach the artist concentrated on the landscape around and within the scenic town. A confident colorist, Joseph Kleitsch exhibited his works to commercial and critical success at the Ambassador Hotelís Stendahl Galleries in Los Angeles.