The Lady in Gold

The Lady in Gold

The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

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National Bestseller

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 si#65533;cle 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. 

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC,, 2015.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
Copyright Date: ?2012
ISBN: 9781101873120
Branch Call Number: 759.36 K65o
Characteristics: xviii, 349 pages :,illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ;,21 cm.


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Oct 21, 2015

I enjoyed this book. Until I read it I bought the lie that the Austrians were telling that they were invaded by Nazis and were victims. They welcomed the Nazis, stole artworks, and cover up their complicity even to this day.

Oct 01, 2015

I fully agree with the comments posted by Drayjayeff "poorly crafted sentences sometimes destroy the mood or compromise the intensity. It's a great story, but it isn't told as well as it deserves to be." I saw the movie before reading the book, and had to slog through 3/4 of the book before the story started to resemble the movie. I also believe that the book should have included photos of the artwork that was highlighted, so that the reader didn't have to research elsewhere to fully understand the descriptions.

Jun 04, 2015

If you liked the movie, The Woman in Gold, you will enjoy this book. Anne Marie O'Connor traces the lives of the Vienna upper class, many of them Jewish, before and after WWII. This includes the story of their problems retrieving their possessions and paintings back from the Austrian government after the war.

Aug 12, 2014

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May 29, 2012

This could have been a great book if it had been written by someone else or if O'Connor had collaborated with a scholar. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's full of ridiculous and easily avoidable errors. Her strength is in the suspenseful and compelling narratives of players who were attempting to flee the Nazis. Even here, though, poorly crafted sentences sometimes destroy the mood or compromise the intensity. It's a great story, but it isn't told as well as it deserves to be.

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