Biography: Joseph Kleitsch (1882 - 1931) Born in the Banat region of Hungary on June 6, 1882, Joseph Kleitsch began painting at age seven and was awarded a scholarship by his village to study art. He continued his training in Budapest, Munich, and Paris. By age 17 he was an accomplished...... read more

An early California oil painting by Joseph Kleitsch, titled Portrait of Hedda Nova, c. 1920

Hedda Nova (1895-1981) was a Silent Screen Star from the Ukraine. Hedda Nova became an early star for the pioneering Vitagraph Company, appearing in such melodramas as The Changing Woman (1918) and the serial The Woman in Red (1918). She was married to actor Paul Hurst (Gone with the Wind). Painting featured in the book "Joseph Kleitsch, A Kaleidoscope of Color", by Dr. Patricia Trenton. (Page 101)