House of Glass French/Polish family and Picasso #poland #france #sephardic


Jill Whitehead
 

I have just finished reading House of Glass by Hadley Freeman, who is a US journalist based in London. It is a biography of her grandmother Sala Glass and her siblings Henri, Jacques and Alex who emigrated from Poland to Paris in the 1920's. Jacques perished in the holocaust but the two other brothers were involved in the Fench Resistance and became successful businessmen post war, the youngest brother Alex becoming a Paris couturier and art collector. He knew Dior, Chagall and Picasso. Allegedly Picasso (who was from Southern Spain) told him that his mother was from a Marrano family. Although the author said she could find no evidence for this, I thought this was quite intriguing, and I wondered if Picasso's mother's supposed Jewish links had ever been investigated?

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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