AMERICA has had more than its share of unhappy artists. But Louis Eilshemius stands out as a prime example of genius blighted by the world's indifference. In 1941, the New York Herald Tribune headlined: EILSHEMIUS, 77, DIES IN BELLEVUE, PENNILESS, BITTER. AND FAMOUS. The fame that came too late has been growing sporadically since. In Manhattan last week the Artists' Gallery hung the biggest survey of Eilshemius' art to date.

The son of a cultivated New Jersey importer, Eilshemius was born to wealth, studied art in Europe traveled through Spain (where he painted Malaga Beach), Africa and the South Seas. He began...

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