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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: Louis Michel Eilshemius, American, 1864–1941

The Pool

ca. 1920

Oil on printed sheet of music paper, laid down on laminated chipboard

10 11/16 × 13 5/8 in. (27.1 × 34.6 cm)
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

Louis Michel Eilshemius was a highly eccentric artist who received no critical recognition until renowned French artist Marcel Duchamp became an admirer of his work after discovering it at the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York in 1917. Eilshemius’s original approach can be seen in this painting, which at first glance shows a forest scene with a pool. However, a closer inspection reveals that the artist painted over a printed sheet of music, the notes and lyrics of a song visible through the paint.

Possibly made in New York, New York, United States
Not on view
20th century

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 90, fig. 18.

Stefan Benz, Louis Michel Eilshemius: Peer of Poet-Painters (Zurich: Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, 2015), 467, ill.

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