The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 2001, Volume 47, Number 3
Gregg Hennessey, Editor

Landscape with Houses and Bridge
Alice Klauber
American, 1871-1951
Oil on Canvas, 1910
Signed LC: Alice Klauber
Inscribed in ink on painting: “For Grace and Laurie/with love from Alice Klauber/Done in 1910”
19 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches
Gift of Philip Klauber and Alice K. Miller, 91.28.5

Summer Afternoon
Alice Klauber
American, 1871-1951
Oil on Canvas, 1920
Initialed and dated LC: AEK 1910
Titled on exhibition label on stretcher: “California Art Club/Opening Ehxibition on Olive Hill/1645 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles/1927/To be deattached and fixed on back of work/ Summer Afternoon/Alice Klauber/2429 Fifth Street/[San] Diego, California” Further inscribed on stretcher: “The Sunny Afternoon/Taken from large S[ketch] box 4” Inscribed on reverse: “WC 540”
20 x 24 inches
Courtesy of The Wednesday Club

Klauber, Alice Ellen (1871-1951)


Born in San Diego, California on May 19, 1871, the daughter of Theresa Epstein and Abraham Klauber. While living with her grandparents in San Francisco, Alice attended public schools and later studied art locally at the School of Design and the ASL. She further studied with William M. Chase, Robert Henri in Spain (1907), and Hans Hofmann at UC Berkeley (1930). As a close friend of Henri, her correspondence with him led to his visit to San Diego in 1914. An important organizer in the cultural development of San Diego, she acted as chair of the art department of the Panama-California Exposition (1915), was a co-founder of the San Diego Fine Arts Society (1926), was instrumental in brining many American artists to the California Pacific Int’l Exposition (1935), and was curator of the San Diego Fine Arts Gallery (1940). Aside from her organizational abilities and her painting of landscapes, portraits and still lifes, she was also a serious student of Oriental art with expertise in Japanese prints and blue-and-white porcelains. Her paintings are rarely signed. Klauber died on July 5, 1951 in San Diego. Member: San Diego Art Guild; Los Angeles Watercolor Club; La Jolla AA. Exhibited: LACMA, 1915 (solo); Panama-California Int’l Exposition, 1916; California Pacific Int’l Exposition, 1935. Works held: San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Art; Santa Fe Museum. Source: Amy J. Klauber Wormser; Women of the West, 1928; AAA 1925-29; WWAA 1936-41.