Problematicus, 1918 Oil on canvas; 50 x 55 in. Loan Courtesy of Barbara and Thomas B. Stiles, II.


What's it all about?

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.

Joseph Kleitsch: Abroad and At Home in Old Laguna will feature an impressive assemblage of more than 70 important paintings curated by Jean Stern, Laguna Art Museum’s Curatorial Fellow and Director Emeritus of The Irvine Museum.
This exhibition is generously sponsored byThomas B. Stiles, II and Barbara Alexander Stiles, Historical Collections Council of California Art, Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc., John and Patty Dilks, an Anonymous Donor, Michael, Sophia and Julia Kelley, Uovo, Bonhams, Diane Nesley, Linda and Jim Freund, Joseph Ambrose and Kevin Row, Irene Vlitos Rowe, Joseph Ambrose, Dr. Mark Judy, Rick Balzer, Sue and Keith Colestock, Dr. Kelly Tucker, Mike Feddersen and Tom McClay, Helen and Webster “Buzz” Kinnaird, Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Gin, Eric Jessen, Herb and Earlene Seymour and Laguna Beach Garden Club.

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