Leaving an impression was easy for California Impressionist painter Joseph Kleitsch. Notoriously sociable and admired by many, Kleitsch left his mark in Laguna Beach amid a prolific career that saw him follow his artistic impulses to many beautiful locations.
Arriving in the US from Hungary in 1902, Kleitsch eventually set his sights on the strong and clear light of Laguna Beach in 1920 after making a name for himself with still-life paintings and masterful portraits. His new surroundings inspired an abundance of colorful landscape paintings and street scenes born from his love for Laguna’s charming village, where he joined the Laguna Beach Art Association (now Laguna Art Museum.) From The Old Post Office to the glistening coastlines, Kleitsch purposefully chronicled Laguna Beach’s history and established himself as one of California’s very best artists along the way.
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