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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" Washington Post journalist Anne-Marie O'Connor tells the galvanizing story of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the dazzling Viennese Jewish socialite immortalized in Klimt's 1907 portrait. Decades later, Nazis confiscated the portrait from the family, called it The Lady in Gold to erase all connection to its Jewish subject, and proudly exhibited it in Vienna's Baroque Belvedere Palace. Sixty years later, ownership of the portrait became the subject of a decade-long dispute between the Austrian government and the Bloch-Bauer heirs. The U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, and its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning portrait of fin-de siecle Vienna, a wrenching tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the contemporary art world."
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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