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Louis Michel Eilshemius
(North Arlington, New Jersey, 1864 - 1941, New York, New York )
The son of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, Eilshemius studied at the Art Students League in New York City, and then France and Belgium. During his wide travels through Europe, North Africa, the South Pacific, and the United States, he generated thousands of sketches that found their way into his later landscapes, many of which incorporated nude figures. His work is frequently characterized by a quality of fantasy that gives the sense of seeing it through a gauzy filter. His use of the frame-within-a-frame technique enhances the sense of mystery found in many of his paintings. He did not realize great success during his lifetime, although by the nineteen thirties, he was occasionally exhibiting in galleries alongside Gaston Lachaise and Arshile Gorky. Eilshemius' mental stability deteriorated toward the end of his life and he died in the psychopathic ward of Bellevue Hospital.