Grigory GLUCKMANN 1898 — 1973
Григорій Єфимович ГЛЮКМАН • Григорий Ефимович ГЛЮКМАН
Grigory Gluckmann was born on October 25, 1898 in Vitebsk, Belarus. In 1917 he attended the Art Academy in Moscow, but left three years later in 1920 to Berlin to escape the Revolution. While in Berlin he changed his name from Glickman to Gluckmann.
In 1924 he went to Italy for 9 months where he produced many paintings. In October of the same year he had his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Druet in Paris. In 1925 he showed in the Salon des Tuileries, the Salon d’Automne and the Salon National des Beaux Arts. He had a solo Paris exhibition at Galerie Charpentier in 1934. His paintings were well received by the critics and sold well. During this time he also exhibited in London and New York. He painted Paris street scenes full of people, sensual nudes and Parisian nightlife. He became friends with world-renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz, Heifetz was also a major collector of Gluckmann’s work. Gluckmann preferred the company of musicians and intellectuals rather than other artists.
He painted mostly on wood panels, using a layering method to apply his paint in the academic techniques learned in Moscow. In June 1941 he escaped German occupied Paris to the south of France, then he immigrated to the United States. He occupied a studio in New York, where he had several one-man exhibitions during the war. In 1945 he moved to Los Angeles, where he began exhibiting his paintings at the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries. He continued to show his work there for two decades. Gluckmann painted in Paris again, briefly, in 1954, exhibiting at the galerie Drouant-David, but maintained his residence in Los Angeles. He died in 1973.
Gluckmann had a long and successful career, his works are in many museums and private collections all over the world.