On August 24, from 3-5 pm The Brinton Museum will host a talk and demonstration presented by master printmaker James A. Jereb regarding the printmaking works and techniques of Hans Kleiber (1887-1967). Jereb will present a brief history of the processes of drypoint, etching, and aquatint and relate how Kleiber employed these printmaking techniques when creating his iconic images of the Bighorn Mountains which propelled him to national prominence. Mr. Jereb will conclude the presentation by printing from a Hans Kleiber intaglio plate to show the process first-hand.
Jim Jereb has been accepted into over 200 international, national and regional juried shows. In addition to numerous invitational, group, and solo exhibitions. He teaches workshops that cover the art of printmaking, papermaking, bookbinding, and stained glass panel construction. He also has many years of experience in working with The Brinton Museum as a guest curator, exhibition preparation, and restoration/conservation of artworks.
The artist Hans Kleiber was born in 1887 in Germany to Austrian parents. He missed the beautiful mountains in Jaegerndorf, Silesia, when the family moved to Massachusetts, he was then 13 years old. Following his dream to pursue a career in forestry, Kleiber moved West in 1906 and was employed by the U.S. Forest Service for work in a Wyoming lumber camp in Woodrock, located at the head of the Tongue River in Bighorn Mountain Country. It was the mountains and the forests that would offer endless sources of inspiration for his hundreds of intaglios and beautiful watercolors. Amazingly, Kleiber was self-taught as a printmaker but achieved national and international acclaim for his work receiving the prestigious Society of California Silver Medal Award for his intaglio, Leaving The High Country, that depicts a family of elk leaving the snow-covered mountains in winter. His work was featured in a one-man show at the Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum in November 1943 to January 1944. Kleiber’s studio in Dayton exists today and is open to the public. Kleiber was a friend of Bradford Brinton who was a patron of his art.