Enrico Glicenstein

A newly-designed gallery celebrates and honors the sculpture of Glicenstein.  Ranging in time for the early 1900 bust of the artist Samuel Hirszenberg to the late wood Moses, our collection underscores his mastery of multiple mediums - bronze, wood, terra cotta - and his ability to imbue his portraits and figures with intense emotion and great psychological depth.

Enrico (Henoch/Henryk) Glicenstein - A Brief Biography

1870 Born in Turek (Russian Poland), May 24th
1890-1895 Studies in Munich at Royal Bavarian Academy of Art
1896 Marries Helena Hirszenberg, sister of Samuel & Leon
1897-1906 Thrives in Rome's artistic community
1906 Takes first of many exploratory trips to Germany
1912-1913 Pivotal retrospective held in key German cities
1914-1917 Spends World War I in Poland
1918-1920 Reunited with family, the Glicensteins live in neutral Switzerland
1921-1924 Works and exhibits in London
1925-1928 Mounts solo exhibits in Rome and Venice
1928-1935 Arrival in New York with son Emanuel and travels to Chicago
1935-1942 Wife and daughter join him in New York, where he lives until his death on December 30, 1942

Selected Museum Collections

  • Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris

  • Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

  • Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art

  • Kunsthalle, Bremen

  • Mishkan Le'Omanut, Ein Harod

  • Israel Museum, Jerusalem

  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art

  • Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome

  • Krakow National Museum of Art

  • Warsaw National Museum of Art

  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Texas

  • Brooklyn Museum

  • Jewish Museum, New York

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

Glicenstein never realized his dream of living in or even visiting Palestine, but his family, with the help of then-President Chaim Weizmann, made plans to dedicate our present building in his honor in 1953, naming it the Glicenstein Museum. Today his work is still here, reminding us of his acclaimed artistic achievements and keeping his memory alive in Safed in the 21st Century.

If you know of any Glicenstein sculpture in private collections, or if you would like more information about the artist, please contact Charlotte Snyder Sholod, who is now organizing a Catalogue Raisonne of his work, at csholod@earthlink.net.