Joseph Kleitsch (American, 1882-1931) Artist's Paradise (Laguna Beach) oil on canvas signed lower right, titled verso 26" x 30"
Provenance: Private Collection, Chicago, Illinois
Catalog Note: California Impressionist Joseph Kleitsch started painting at age seven with early scholarships supporting his interest. Continuing his training in Budapest, Munich and Paris, he soon became a desired portrait artist. Eventually making his way to Chicago, he taught at the School of the Art Institute from 1914 to 1919. As his career was flourishing, he and his wife Edna moved to Laguna Beach, California in 1920, starting the Kleitsch Academy. This change of region and landscape enhanced his working method. The color, light and expanse can be seen in Artist's Paradise (Laguna Beach). With a high horizon line of rolling hills, the sun highlights the luminous topography. The trees and brush quietly gather the viewer's attention, with suggestive brushstrokes separating the dark branches from the light. Below one can see figures sitting on a bench in front of the house. It does indeed look like paradise.