Mother Bereft

(c. 1890)

Louis Eilshemius, American, b. Arlington, New Jersey, 1864–1941

Oil on canvas, 20 1/2 X 14 1/2 IN. (52.1 X 36.7 CM.)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Accession Number: 66.1722

Provenance:
The artist, New York
Kleeman Galleries, New York, c. 1937-12 February 1958
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 12 February 1958-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966

Exhibition History:
KLEEMAN GALLERIES, New York. All of Elshemius, October 1937, no. 4.
KLEEMAN GALLERIES, New York. Louis M. Eilshemius, February 1950, no. 10
ARTIST'S GALLERY, New York. Masterpieces of Eilshemius, February 1959, no. 2, ill. Tour: PHILLIPS COLLECTION, Washington, DC, May-June 1959.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 24. Tour: M. KNOEDLER & CO., New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December 1962-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSON WILLIAMS PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 30 April-27 May; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville, Kentucky, 13 June-10 July; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 30 July-25 August, SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 11 September-8 October; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 26 October-23 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 11 December 1963-7 January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, Oklahoma City, 12 March-8 April; BROOKS MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Memphis, Tennessee, 25 April-23 May; ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION, Georgia, 10 June-7 July; SAGINAW ART MUSEUM, Michigan, 25 July-22 August; MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 8 September-6 October; ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, Pennsylvania, 24 October-21 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 9 December 1964-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 8 February-5 April.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 116, p. 91, p. 689.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Louis M. Eilshemius: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 9 November 1978-1 January 1979, no.12, ill. p. 48. Tour: HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, Ithaca, New York, 3 February-18 March; LEIGH YAWKEY WOODSON ART MUSEUM, Wausau, Wisconsin, 14 April-27 May; JOSLYN ART MUSEUM, Omaha, 23 June-19 August; SPRINGFIELD MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Massachusetts, 29 September-11 November; FREDERICK S. WIGHT GALLERY, University of California, Los Angeles, 8 December 1978-13 January 1979; DE YOUNG MUSEUM, San Francisco, 1 February-1 April.
TERRA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Evanston, Illinois. Treasures from the Hirshhorn: American Painting, 1880-1930, 29 July-30 September 1980, no. 9
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN, New York. "Louis M. Eilshemius (1864-1911): An Independent Spirit," 19 September-11 November 2001.

Published References:
KLEEMAN GALLERIES, New York, advertisement. Art Digest 11 (15 April 1937): 2, ill.
DEVREE, HOWARD. "All of Eilshemius," Magazine of Art 30 (October 1937): 606, ill.
UNSIGNED. "Dramaticism, Lyricism, and Eilshemius," Art Digest 12 (1 October 1937): 9.
KLEEMAN GALLERY, New York, advertisement. Art Digest 12 (1 October 1937): back cover ill.
Adverstisement. Art Digest 12 (15 October 1937): back cover ill.
SCHACK, WILLIAM. And He Sat Among the Ashes (New York: American Artists Group, 1939): 66.
WATSON, FORBES. American Painting Today (Washington, DC: 1939): 63, ill.
FARBER, MANNY. "Eilshemius: Artist Behind Mahatma," Art News 58 (April 1959): 5, colorplate cover.
COATES, ROBERT M. "The Art Galleries: Eilshemius and Duchamp," The New Yorker (18 April 1959): 151.
KARLSTROM, PAUL J. diss. "Louis M. Eilshemius 1864-1941," (University of California Los Angeles, 1973).
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974): 689, fig. 116, ill. p. 91.
KARLSTROM, PAUL J. Louis Michel Eilshemius (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1978): plate 101.
GODDARD, DONALD. American Painting (n.p.: Hugh Lautner Levin Associates, 1990): ill.

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