Portrait of Ruth Renick (The Jade Necklace), 1928 signed and dated 'Joseph Kleitsch 1928' (lower right) oil on canvas 36 x 40in
Provenance: Commissioned by Earl Stendahl of Stendahl Galleries, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 1928 Artist's Estate Edna Kleitsch's Estate Sale (1953) Estate of Pearl Martin By decent through the family to the present owner
Exhibition: Joseph Kleitsch Exhibition, 1928, Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, California
Literature: South Coast News, August 24, 1937 Obituary, Daily Variety, June 15, 1984 Hollywood Museum Collection, 'Ruth Renick' Ruth Westphal, 'Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland', p. 155 (misidentified as 'Portrait of a Young Woman').
Note: In his late portraits of women, such as Ruth Renick and Marian Gould, the attitudes of his models had become more mannered and theatrical. Ruth Renick was a prominent movie actress who appeared in a number of early silent films, among them the Witching Hour (1921) for Paramount Studios. In this portrait of Renick, she is almost subsumed in a highly decorative Hollywood interior setting, befitting of her role as a well-known silent film actress. Varying the sitter's pose slightly and adding a necklace to the picture, the artist re-titled it the 'Jade Necklace', in 1930.
We are grateful to Dr. Patricia Trenton, author and curator of 'Joseph Kleitsch: A Kaleidoscope of Color', Irvine Museum, 2006-2007, for her assistance with this catalogue entry.