He was a poet who painted like one, but his lyricism was not related to his time and expressed no definite period . . . One can hardly find words to define him. Eilshemius’ paintings speak for themselves.
Marcel Duchamp, artist
This phantasmagorical character was one of the best artists we have ever produced.
Clement Greenberg, art critic
About Eilshemius I want to go on record with you: He was the most poetic, lyrical, beautiful painter in America.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, collector
In 1941, an anonymous writer for The New York Times reported that