Louis Michel Eilshemius

American, 1864–1941

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Louis Michel Eilshemius

American, 1864–1941

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Though often a misfit in the group, Louis Michel Eilshemius belonged to the impressionist-inspired generation of early 20th-century American landscape painters. After studying at the Art Students League of New York, Eilshemius continued his studies in Paris and later traveled extensively in Europe and Africa. This exposed him to such painters as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and influenced his eschewal of a rigorous academic style and subsequent embrace of the expressionist one that characterized his later oeuvre. Eilshemius primarily painted figures and landscapes, turning to moonlit cityscapes and more mystical subject matter during the 1910s. Disappointed with his lack of success during this decade, Eilshemius cultivated an artistic persona and handed out bombastic business cards declaring himself an educator, ex-actor, mesmerist-prophet, and mystic. Although this tactic earned him detractors, it won him the favor of European modernists, notably Marcel Duchamp.

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Biography

Though often a misfit in the group, Louis Michel Eilshemius belonged to the impressionist-inspired generation of early 20th-century American landscape painters. After studying at the Art Students League of New York, Eilshemius continued his studies in Paris and later traveled extensively in Europe and Africa. This exposed him to such painters as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and influenced his eschewal of a rigorous academic style and subsequent embrace of the expressionist one that characterized his later oeuvre. Eilshemius primarily painted figures and landscapes, turning to moonlit cityscapes and more mystical subject matter during the 1910s. Disappointed with his lack of success during this decade, Eilshemius cultivated an artistic persona and handed out bombastic business cards declaring himself an educator, ex-actor, mesmerist-prophet, and mystic. Although this tactic earned him detractors, it won him the favor of European modernists, notably Marcel Duchamp.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Glasgow International
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Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Gives American Painters Bob Thompson and Louis Eilshemius Their Due
Sep 10th, 2015
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery Gives American Painters Bob Thompson and Louis Eilshemius Their Due
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