magyar moon

magyar moon

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1933) was a portrait and plein air artist. Born in the Hungarian province of Banat (now Romania), he immigrated to the United States in 1912. 
He eventually settled in Laguna Beach, California, which was - and still is - a thriving artists colony (I was familiar with Laguna when I lived in California).

Kleitsch died of a heart attack at the age of 49 in 1933. Two years later, his wife Edna opened the Joseph Kleitsch Fine Arts Gallery in Laguna which, I believe, still exists.

Note: several sources incorrectly list Kleitsch's birth year as 1885.
Unfortunately I don't know the names of the women in his portraits but I'm assuming that some were of his wife.

 Joseph Kleitsch

Divers Cove, Laguna Beach

The artist's son Eugene 

 Ruth Renick
The Jade Necklace

Madonna of the Apples
(one of my personal favorites) 

Friday, January 13, 2017


It's painfully obvious that during the past few months my posts on the Cabinet of Curious Treasures have been sporadic and uninspired. I certainly haven't lost interest, but other issues have been sapping my time and energy.

Instead of deleting this blog (as I initially planned to do) I've decided to take a break and resume posting in the not-too-distant future. Until then, I can still be found on my other blog at this link:
Lone Wolf Concerto 

My very best to everyone,