John Kirsch







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John Kirsch
In Estes Park

1895 - 1977

"The colors and terrain of the Rockies make the world's most beautiful and desirable mountain paintings."

Born in Neukirchen, Austria, and trained in European style in Vienna and Munich, Kirsh came to the US in 1920.  He opened a studio in Estes Park in 1944, and spent summers there hiking the trails, and painting en plein air.  He summered in Estes until his death in 1977.

Kirsch was known for his architectural decoration, and specialized in church murals and stained glass.  He decorated 400 churches in at least 15 states throughout the country.  In Estes Park, he worked primarily in oils, but also executed works in watercolor, murals and stained glass.  Kirsch painted on a number of unusual surfaces including old tin ceiling tiles, sheet aluminum and copper panels.  These are quite striking in person. 

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Long's Cloudy Morning
OldEstes Collection

Oil on board


Lawn Lake in Fall
11 x 14"
Oil on board




Long's Peak
OldEstes Collection

Oil on canvas























Kirsch Comes Home


Article by Barb Boyer in Estes Park Trail-Plus - January 15, 1999

  Known for Church Murals & Stained Glass   Article by John Simoni, Wichita State University Professor of Art - August 14, 1974  








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