Art: Eilshemius, the UNIQUE

He called himself the "world's master artist." He wrote that he was the "Most Original—Most Prolific—Most Versatile," tbat he was, in fact, "UNIQUE." In one respect, Louis M. Eilshemius was. Though many artists have had their periods of vogue and obscurity, the ups and downs of Eilshemius have been the steepest.

He was ignored during most of his lifetime, then lionized, and then ignored again. Since his death at 77 in a psychopathic ward in Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, interest in him has several times waxed and waned. Last week Manhattan's Balin-Traube Gallery, displaying 36...