Born, May 19, 1871, in San Diego, California, to Abraham and Theresa
(nee Epstein) Klauber, one of nine siblings.
Attended the Art Students League, San Francisco. Theodore Wores
was her first instructor. Others included Emil Carlsen, Arthur Mathews
and Frederick Yates.
Family moved to San Francisco, California but by 1892 they returned
to San Diego.
Named the 994 acres of natural canyons and rolling hills, Encanto.
From a Spanish word meaning "enchantment."
Met California sculptor, Arthur Putnam, and encouraged him throughout
his brief life.
Advanced the idea of a new public gallery to members of the Wednesday
First serious study trip to Europe when an inch on the map was
four days on the boat. Class conducted by William Merritt Chase,
on his first trip to Florence, Italy. Life long friendship formed
with Walter Pach, lecturer and co-manager of the class. Visited the
home of Bernard Berenson at Setignano and enjoying most his library
three rooms and halls. Visited the home of American artist Jules
Rolshoven and the Henri Matissess and dined frequently with
the Steins. After classes ended, visited northern European cultural
In May in Spain with class conducted by artist Robert Henri and for
independent travel. Departed on the famous ship, Carpathia.
The friendship with Henri was life long.
Roughs it in the America Southwest with friend Natalie Curtis, musicologist
of Native American music and author of The Indians Book in
1909. Met President Theodore Roosevelt and witnessed sacred Indian
Hosts Robert Henris first visit to San Diego finding models
and a residence for the artist, his wife Marjorie O,
and her sister Violet, plus their dog. Presented her with a painting
of Marjorie O., when he left, in gratitude.
Appointed Chairman of the Fine Arts Department of the Panama-California
International Exposition, San Diego, California. Co-edited the catalogue
of the official art exhibition with Mrs. I. Norman Lawson. Klauber
was a member of the Archaeological Society that spearheaded the Exposition
commemorating the opening of the Panama Canal. Became acquainted with
famed black potter Maria, and other members of southern southwest
Maintained a studio in a complex on the Exposition grounds with Alice
Mary Clark and Ruth Townsend Whitaker. In conversation, November 11.
1971, with them, they did not know Henri when he visited San Diego.
Miss Townsend was out of town at the time.
Joined Henri, Hewett, and others in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the opening
of a new museum for the Archaeological Society of America.
A founding-charter member of the La Jolla Art Association with Mrs.
Eleanor B. Parke and Charles A. Fries. At their second meeting when
the organization was officially named, Miss Klauber was elected to
the By-Law Committee with Mrs. Bell, Maurice Braun and Charles Fries.
One-man exhibition of nearly fifty canvases at Orrs Gallery,
San Diego, California, during October, and represented by an oil painting
in the San Diego Art Guild exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery of
San Diego, October through November.
In Europe with Natalie Curtis participating in an international congress
of Art History, Sorbonne, Paris, as secretary for the American delegation.
When Natalie succumbed to an auto accident in Paris, she assisted
French authorities with final arrangements. Arranged with Albert Gleizes
and his wife to schedule final rites, and notified Natalies
husband, American painter, Paul Burlin. She visited Italy and northern
Europe prior to her return to the United States.
Purchased a number of Japanese graphics augmenting a life long passion
for collecting the medium begun in late nineteenth century. Settled
in Munich and began working in etching. Visited Buda-Pesth (Budapest),
her fathers native homeland, and Prague.
A principal in the organization and realization of a Fine Arts Gallery
of San Diego. Appointed to locate a site as early as 1905. Elected
a Board of Trustee member. Served as a member of the Executive Committee
and chair of the Educational Committee and the San Diego Art Guild.
Organized the Oriental art department of the Fine Arts Gallery of
San Diego and became its first Curator (honorary) of Asian Art.
Elected to the Acquisition Committee of the Fine Arts Gallery of San
Diego, a position she held for many years. Donated Japanese woodblock
prints and a drawing by Burne-Jones to the permanent collection of
the Museum. Prizewinner, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego exhibition.
Privately published a small volume of poetry simply entitled Poems.
First visit to the Orient visiting China, Japan, Java and other exotic
With William Templeton Johnson, designer of the base for El Cid, San
Diegos first public monumental sculpture, appointed to place
it in Balboa Park. Originally intended for the eastern end of Laurel
Street,where it was to be viewed in profile, its most ts more interesting
profile. Made a summer visit to New Mexico.
Joined the class of self- exiled German Expressionist, Hans Hofmann,
at Chouinard School of Art during summers.
Return visit to Nara, Japan, to study seventh and eighth century wood
sculpture. Her painting, Artichokes, enters the permanent
collection of the Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego.
Appointed member of the general art committee for the California-Pacific
International Exposition with Julius Wangenheim, Chairman, and members
Louise Darby, William Templeton Johnson, Reginald H. Poland, Elizabeth
Sherman, A. B. Titus, a committee responsible for the selection, installation
and cataloguing of the Official Art Exhibition. Lent Oriental
porcelains for exhibit. Designed the Mens Lounge in the House
of Hospitality. Caribbean trip to Jamaica. Visited Saint Thomas.
In the Caribbean visiting Kingston and St. Thomas, sketching aboard
ship, natives, and landscapes.
Studies fresco painting several summers with Mexican muralist, Alfredo
Ramos Martinez, in classes sponsored by the Fine Arts Gallery of San
Died, San Diego, CA.
A large memorial exhibition of her work at the Fine Arts Gallery of