Sculptor and printmaker Enrico Glicenstein was born Henoch Glicenstein into a Jewish family in Turek, Poland on 24 May 1870. He enrolled at the Academy in Munich (1890–95), where he twice won the Prix de Rome (1894 and 1897). Subsequently, he settled in Rome with his wife and took Italian citizenship, becoming known by the Italian form of his first name - Enrico. Glicenstein also established a reputation in Paris, winning a silver medal in 1900, and upon Rodin’s recommendation, he was elected an honorary member of the Société des Beaux-Arts. Between 1906 and 1914 he exhibited regularly in Germany, while briefly also heading the Warsaw School of Fine Arts sculpture department. The First World War forced him to return to Warsaw but in 1918 he was reunited with his family in Switzerland. They continued a peripatetic lifestyle until 1921 when they resettled in London, where Glicenstein also taught; among his pupils was printmaker Sybil Andrews (afterwards, closely associated, from 1925, with the Grosvenor School of Modern Art). Glicenstein held solo exhibitions in Rome and Venice (1925–28), also exhibiting at the 15th Venice Biennale (1928) but had to leave Italy after refusing to join the Fascist Party, and moved permanently to New York. In the USA he exhibited in the galleries of Manhattan, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago and in the 1939 Worlds’ Fair. He died in New York, on 30 December 1942, after being struck by a cab.





  • Prix de Rome (recipient)
  • Société des Beaux-Arts (honorary member)
  • Warsaw School of Fine Arts (professor)



  • Outlook: No Return. Polish Artists Who Fled Nazi-Dominated Europe to British Culture, POSK, London (2019)
  • Ben Uri Highlights: Key Works and Figures, Ben Uri Art Society (1990)
  • Glicenstein: Sculpture, Drawings, Chapellier Galleries, New York (1964)
  • Glicenstein: Sculpture and Drawings, James Graham & Sons, New York (1959)
  • Glicenstein, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris (1948)
  • Ben Uri Collection of Paintings, Sculpture & Drawings, Ben Uri Art Gallery (1946)
  • Metropolitan Museum, New York (1942)
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York (1938)
  • Israel Zangwill Memorial Exhibition, Ben Uri Jewish Art Gallery (1935)
  • Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Jewish Artists, Ben Uri Jewish Art Gallery (1934)
  • Knoedler Gallery, Chicago (1933)
  • Arts Institute of Chicago (1929)
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York (1928)
  • Jewish Art and Antiquities, Whitechapel Gallery, London (1927)
  • XV Venice Biennale (solo exhibition) (1926)
  • Official Opening at Great Russell Street, Ben-Uri Jewish Art Society Gallery and Club (1925)
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1923 and 1925)
  • Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition (1924)
  • British Museum, London (1923)
  • Terza esposizione Internazionale d'Arte 'della Secessione', Rome (1915)
  • Seconda Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte 'della Secessione', Rome (1914)
  • Heinemann Gallery, Munich (1913)
  • Vladimir Izdebsky's Salons of International Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, Kiev, St Petersburg and Riga (1910)
  • Paul Cassirer, Berlin (1909)
  • Russian Library and Reading Room named after N. V. Gogol, Rome (1906)
  • The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery (1905)