Simon Glatzer studies painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vilnius (Lithuania) before leaving for Paris in 1914. He then enrols in the Cormon studio at the Academy of the Grande Chaumière. Surprised by the First World War, he enrols in the foreign troops fighting along the French army.
From 1920 on, he takes the French nationality and will show his successes in the Parisian salons until the beginning of the Second World War.
Tracked by the Gestapo in 1941, he hides at the Saint-Anne mental institution at a psychiatrist friends’. In order to save him, the latter decides to confine him under a fake name. Glatzer will then spend three years in ward with mentally ill people, keeping painting with makeshift means that his friend would send him. He obtains paper, colour pencils, and pastels. Two months before the liberation, he flees to Aix-en-Provence. His works have been scattered.
The paintings of Simon Glatzer bear the mark of his confinement period. He integrates Hebraic letters into his compositions. Glatzer is also interested in engraving and in miniatures.
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