Sunday, April 06, 2008

Meditation by Louis Eilshemius at the Delaware Museum of Art

This painting in the modern art gallery struck me as contemplative and is in fact called Meditation and was painted by Louis Eilshemius in 1919. More interesting was his career as described on the description of the picture. I have italicized the humorous part.
"Louis Eilshemius' paintings appear naive in execution, though he trained in New York and Paris and exhibited at the Armory Show in 1913. His landscapes are peopled with nude women and share some of the dreamy qualities of Aurthur B. Davies' pictures. but he never achieved Davies' level of success. Eccentric, independently wealthy, and unappreciated by critics, Eilshemius quit painting shortly after being given his first one man show in 1920."
He finally got a show, didn't like the criticism and quit.

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