The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
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The true story that inspired the movie Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
Contributor to the Washington Post Anne-Marie O’Connor brilliantly regales us with the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.
When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the contemporary art world.
One of the Best Books of the Year: The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor.
Winner of the Marfield National Award for Arts Writing. Winner of a California Book Award.
of California. 11 “IN THE OLD VIENNA”: Maria Altmann, interviews, 2001. 12 “TO HAVE ARGUED THAT FERDINAND”: Los Angeles Times, June 30, 1999. 13 “I AM HORRIFIED”: E-mail from Nelly Auersperg to Randol Schoenberg, copy sent to Maria Altmann. “I CAN’T AFFORD FOR YOU TO LOSE” 1 BUT THE AUSTRIANS DEMANDED $1.8 MILLION: Petropoulos, “Report of Professor Jonathan Petropoulos.” 2 “RANDY, I CAN’T AFFORD FOR YOU TO LOSE”: Randol Schoenberg, interviews. 3 RANDOL WAS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED: Randol
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cinematic genius. Ucicky returned to Hitler’s Vienna as a key player at the quirky old film studio of Count Sascha—now an efficient Nazi outfit renamed Vienna Film. Ucicky was a darling of the Führer. In 1939, Ucicky mingled with Hitler and Goebbels at festivities for Richard Strauss’s opera Friedenstag, which were also a celebration of the composer’s seventy-fifth birthday. Strauss was an uneasy camp follower. His daughter-in-law, Alice, was Jewish, and her family was in danger. In 1935,