palette and chisel club

Wife reading to daughter. Walter Marshall Clute (American, 1870-1915).

There is a staggeringly beautiful painting done by Clute at the Union League Club. It depicts his wife and daughter at their home in Park Ridge; the mother is reading to the girl.

Clute was one of the earliest members of the Palette and Chisel Club in Chicago–president of the club, in fact, for two years before 1900–and he painted and drew like a dream.

Problematicus (1918). Joseph Kleitsch (American, 1882-1931). Oil on canvas.

Kleitsch became strongly involved with the Palette and Chisel Club and participated in many exhibitions there and at the Art Institute of Chicago. By 1919, he had gained recognition as an outstanding portraitist by his peers and critics.