Louis Michel Eilshemius  (American, 1864-1941) 


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Louis Michel Eilshemius Biography
1864   Born February 4 at Laurel Hill Manor near Newark, New Jersey: Louis Michel Eilshemius
1873   First trip to Europe with his parents
1875 - 1881   In school, Dresden, Germany
1882 - 1884   Attends Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y
1884 - 1886   Studies painting at the Arts Students League in New York and privately with Robert L. Minor
1886 - 1887   To Paris where he continues to study at the Academie Julian
1888   His parents buy a brownstone house at 118 East 57th Street, New York which is to be his home until his death
1892   His father dies and he travels for two years in Europe and North Africa
1901   Trip to Samoa and the South Seas
1902 - 1903   Returns and travels in southern United States and again in Europe
1909   His mother dies
1917   First recognition: Marcel Duchamp and other artists champion him as a result of his painting supplication in the "Independents"
1921   He gives up painting
1932   Injured on 57th Street and permanently paralyzed
1932 - 1941   Over twenty-five one man exhibitions held on 57th Street with unheard of sales and publicity
1941   December 17 taken to Bellevue Hospital, New York where he dies on December 29