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In My Studio

Description from "California Light, 1900-1930": the first in a series of interior scenes which Kleitsch did in his Chicago studio. It is a self-portrait of the artist and his wife, Edna, thoughtfully studying the picture (perhaps of themselves) on the easel. Newspaper accounts stated that the painting has "little color" and that it is primarily "an arrangement of gray and yellow" of subdued tonal qualities and "mellow luminosity." Elizabeth Bingham in Saturday Night on 9 June 1923, called In My Studio one of the artist's "masterpieces," adding that "the dominant interest lies in the sense of intimacy within the darkened room, but the passage above the two heads, the window shade, the light both within and without, is really the chief point of contact."

See also: Patricia Trenton, Joseph Kleitsch: A Kaleidoscope of Color (Irvine Art Museum, 2007), pp. 86-89.

ID: 1993-00064
Kleitsch, Joseph

Creation Jan. 1, 1917

MEDIUM: Painting; FORMAT: Oil; Framed; QUANTITY: 1

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