Exhibition Walk Through and Marathon Figure Drawing

Mar 27, 2017

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is offering more interesting events.

April 1st at 4 p.m.: Exhibition Walkthrough: Painting in the Twenties by Joseph Kleitsch

In 2014, an appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow explained how Joseph Kleitsch was born in Hungary and studied art in Budapest, Paris, and Munich. “He was quite accomplished, even at the age of seventeen he was painting major portraits; painting a portrait of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.”

Kleitsch came to America in 1901 and taught at the Art Institute in Chicago, all the time painting portraits. Around 1920, he moved to California, to Laguna Beach and “finds he’s infatuated with the countryside, the town, with the town’s people, the ocean; so he documents what he sees.… He was considered one of the premier California impressionists. He was known as a colorist.”

In 2014, a woman brought a Kleitsch painting of downtown Laguna Beach to the Antiques Roadshow. The elderly woman said her father had known the painter and after the artist’s death had purchased this large oil painting from his widow for $100. The appraiser determined the worth to be, currently, $500,000. (Watch the interaction here.)

The PMCA exhibit focuses on the people that Kleitsch painted during this time.

No RSVP required. Free with admission.


Joseph Kleitsch, Miss Ketchum, ca. 1918. Oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches. Collection of Herbert and Earlene Seymour.


April 8th, 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Marathon Figure Drawing Session

Following PMCA’s Second Saturday Spotlight Talk at 2 p.m. and featuring Kleitsch’s Miss Ketchum, guests are invited to the Project Room “for a drop-in marathon figure drawing session.” A live model will be on hand, as will a teaching artist offering insights and techniques for drawing different postures and gestures.

No RSVP required. Free with admission.


Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena 91101. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; 3rd Thursdays, noon-8 p.m. Admission: $7, adults; $5, seniors & students; Children 12 and under always free. Ph: 1.626.568.3665.


Joseph Kleitsch, The Jade Shop (detail), 1925. Oil on canvas, 32 x 26 inches. Private collection, courtesy of The Irvine Museum.





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