Louis Michel Eilshemius

Louis Michel Eilshemius (1864-1941, USA).

Eilshemius became a cult figure for avant-garde artists after being ‘discovered’ by Duchamp in 1917 and given two solo exhibitions in the 1920s at Duchamp’s gallery Société Anonyme. He gave up painting after the early ’20s, devoting himself to the cultivation of his own cultural persona, and making ink drawings on his letterhead paper depicting cryptic compositions in ornate frames.

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