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3203B Boston
January 25, 2019 10:00AMCalender

Louis Michel Eilshemius (American, 1864-1941) Shore View with Seated Figure and Distant Sailboat

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3203B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 25, 2019 10:00AM


Louis Michel Eilshemius (American, 1864-1941)

Shore View with Seated Figure and Distant Sailboat
Signed "EilshemiuS" l.r., dated "1919-" l.l.
Oil on pressed paperboard, 13 1/2 x 22 in. (37.0 x 55.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Small area of retouch u.c., fine vertical craquelure, surface grime, bowing to the support.

Provenance: Collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn (American, 1899-1981) financier, philanthropist, and benefactor of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; by descent in the Hirshhorn family.

N.B. Joseph Hirshhorn discovered Eilshemius's work at the Kleener Gallery in New York around 1930. He got to know the artist personally and over time purchased nearly 400 of his works. In 1980 Olga Hirshhorn noted that the couple had 65 Eilshemius works hanging in their bedroom. Biographer Gene Hirshhorn LePere quoted Joseph Hirshhorn on Eilshemius, "My first big love was Elshemius [sic]. He intrigued me. I knew him. He was the most poetic, lyrical, beautiful painter in America."(1)

1. Gene Hirshhorn LePere, Little Man in a Big Hurry, The Life of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Uranium King and Art Collector (New York: 2009, Vantage Press, Inc.), pp. 68-69.
Estimate $800-1,200

Support stamped "STERN BROTHERS/NEW YORK" on the reverse.

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