biographie de Louis Michel EILSHEMIUS (1864-1941)

Birth place: Arlington, NJ

Death place: NYC

Addresses: NYC, 1890s on

Profession: Painter, illustrator, craftsperson, writer

Studied: Geneva; Dresden, with Schenker; Cornell, 1882-84; ASL, with Coxuntil 1886; R. C. Minor; Van Luppen; Académie Julian, Paris, with Bouguereau, 1886-89.

Exhibited: PAFA, 1890-91, 1934-42; WMAA; NAD, Salons of Am.; Soc. of Indep. Artists, 1917-24, 1930-31, 1936; CGA, 1935, 1941; AIC, 1937-40, 1942.

Member: Modern AA; AFA; SC; Salons of Am.; Société Anonyme.

Work: Hirshhorn Mus., Wash., DC; PMG; MMA; MoMA; Detroit MA; WMAA; BMFA; Cleveland AM; Mus. New Mexico

Comments: Eilshemius traveled for 20 years to Europe, Africa, the South Seas and around the U.S. A visionary painter whose work became increasingly personal as he grew older, he called himself the Grand Parnassian and Transcendental Eagle of the Arts." He was a prolific artist and an eccentric self-promoter. He stopped painting in 1921, one year after his first solo show in NYC.

Sources: WW40; 300 Years of American Art, 584; Baigell, Dictionary; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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