The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer

The Lady in Gold The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt s Masterpiece Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer The spellbinding story part fairy tale part suspense of Gustav Klimt s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer one of the most emblematic portraits of its time of the beautiful seductive Viennese Jewish sa

  • Title: The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
  • Author: Anne-MarieO'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781101873120
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • The spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it the notorious artist who painted it the now vanished turn of the century Vienna that shaped it and the strange twisted fate that befell it.The LThe spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it the notorious artist who painted it the now vanished turn of the century Vienna that shaped it and the strange twisted fate that befell it.The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the twentieth century s most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for 135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait.A riveting social history an illuminating and haunting look at turn of the century Vienna a brilliant portrait of the evolution of a painter a masterfully told tale of suspense And at the heart of it, the Lady in Gold the shimmering painting, and its equally irresistible subject, the fate of each forever intertwined.

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    1. I wanted to like this book, but it was a struggle to get through for three reasons. First, I blame the publisher for the title which I found misleading. Yes, the author's inspiration was the law suit to repatriate Klimt's portrait of Adel Bloch-Bouer. However, the majority of the book has nothing to do with the painting, the lawsuit or the story behind either. It does provide a fascinating picture of Vienna's art world between the wars and a horrifying description of the Nazi occupation of Austr [...]

    2. There are so many reasons to read this book.- The Lady in Gold is a must read for anyone who loves Klimt or Belle-epoque Vienna. - It should be required reading for any art student (or art lover). - It carries the flame of remembrance of the Holocaust in a profoundly moving way. - It captures the interplay between those who have felt the weight of the collective guilt of the German people and those who would deny it or trivialize it. (It reminds me of the New German Film of the 1970s) It also ra [...]

    3. Subtitled: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer This is a story of a portrait of a beautiful Viennese Jewish salon hostess, the now-vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna cultural scene of which it became an emblem, the atrocities of the Nazi regime, and the efforts of Adele’s heirs to recover this and other paintings from an Austrian government that wished to hide the realities of war-time complicity. My husband and I have reproductions of two Kli [...]

    4. The power of art to tell a story, the power of art to influence and represent a culture, the power of art to create conflict yet also to heal and provide restitution. That is what this book is about to me. The Lady in Gold is not so much about Klimt and it's not so much about the painting. Yes, it's about Klimt and the painting, but these are mainly jumping off points to tell the story of Vienna and the Jewish aristocracy which was so prominent and influential in Viennese culture at the turn of [...]

    5. Oh poo. I was hoping to love this one more than I did. The Lady in Gold, as the subtitle suggests, is the story of the famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt. The portrait itself is magnificent, so I was utterly intrigued. Did the book deliver? Meeeeh. I had several issues here:1. History is not black and white. O'Connor sort of came across as this crusader on the mission that read "Jews - good, Austria - bad". Undeniably the Nazi party did horrendous things to the European populat [...]

    6. I had the great luck to see the two Gustav Klimt paintings of Adele Bloch-Bauer at the Oesterreichse Gallerie Belvedere in during my college years and vaguely followed the news about the US court case from the heirs of the original owners, so when I learned of this book, I picked it up immediately.And the book does deliver on the title--we learn what happened to the portrait pictured on the cover, and the ensuing court case. However, O'Connor also expanded the book to become a biography of those [...]

    7. A great book for lovers of art history and European history. The author takes you first to turn-of-the-century Vienna and introduces you to the painter, Gustav Klimt, and to Adele Bloch-Bauer, the subject, and her friends and family. Then you are taken on a journey with the painting and the family through World War I (and the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and World War II (and the end, or the travails, of many of the Jews of Europe, including members of the Bloch-Bauer family and their fri [...]

    8. This is a fascinating book with a cast of thousands that is sometimes hard to keep track of—and I am impressed that the author was able to keep all the complicated details in order. More than just the story of a famous painting, THE LADY IN GOLD covers:*the art of Gustav Klimt and other Austrian artists both before, during and after the Nazi era*the rich artistic culture in Austria before the war*how deeply involved many Jewish Austrians were as artists, models and art patrons and collectors*h [...]

    9. No review on this one, just a short reaction. This is far more than just the tale of a painting and its artist / subject. It holds a cast of 1000's and highlights the incredible Vienna of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So many factors of advance and philosophy, apart from the politico forming. Art, science, and myriad paths followed by the affluent and in golden age serendipity to meeting towards a pinnacle. It's an extremely difficult read and the dozens of photos and other asides help [...]

    10. This book was one of the selections for my in-person book club. When it was selected I assumed it would be more like Girl With a Pearl Earring or Girl in Hyacinth Blue, novelizations of the story of how a painting was made.That is not what this book is. It is a non-fiction account of one painting and others, from when Klimt was alive up into the 21st century with the legal battle removing the painting from the Belvedere in Vienna and giving it to descendents of the woman in the painting. I have [...]

    11. I suspect that most people are familiar with Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer" the modernist painting of the heavy-lidded dark-haired woman surrounded by a shimmering mosaic of gold. I picked up the book expecting nothing more than a further elaboration on the subject's heirs successful international legal battle to recover the artwork. Yet, the title of the book does not do justice to the scope of O'Connor's exhaustively researched and detailed work. O'Connor opens the book with al [...]

    12. “The Lady in Gold” is a brilliant testament to why I have chosen to read non-fiction. Anne-Marie O’Connor transported me to the glittering world of the Viennese Belle Époque, the beautiful era which began in the 1870’s and ended at the beginning of WWI. There I met Gustav Klimt and other brilliant artists, musicians and writers who embodied the Secession motto: “Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit.” (“To every age its art. To every art its freedom.”) This was the world [...]

    13. Read more of our reviews at: thebookjarblog.wordpressThe Lady In Gold is the story of Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy Jewish-Austrian woman who's family was forced to flee during the Nazi occupation. The Bloch-Bauer family were once prominent, wealthy people in the Austrian society who were patrons of art and theater. Klimt had been commissioned to paint Adele for her husband Ferdinand, and from this commission, the Lady in Gold. However, the painting's history and the hi [...]

    14. You don't have to become an art expert, but you have to know what is genuine, what style is. You have to learn to see. You have to develop a feeling for quality. Once you have learned to enjoy the great works of art, the plastic arts and literature, then you will be able to evaluate people, whether they are valuable or worthless. Happy he who forgets what cannot be changed. Only the person who places the highest demands on himself can progress one step further. Self-satisfied individuals are inc [...]

    15. If you enjoy art history or would enjoy WWII European History, you'll enjoy The Lady in Gold. My memory of learning about Gustav Klimt as a freshman in college was that he was a this jerk who lived a dissipated life, dying an early death. His overall contribution to Modern Art was not as significant as other artists at the same time, and we only briefly considered his work. This book changed my viewpoint on Klimt's work. I thought it was interesting that he got his inspiration for his later pain [...]

    16. The tale is indeed extraordinary, but not portrayed very well in this book. I was really disappointed - the writing was disjointed and hard to follow.

    17. An engrossing book, I suppose you could call it a biography of a painting and the world around it. It explores the painting itself, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, and it's creation as a kind of collaboration between the Jewish model and the artist, Gustav Klimt. But it goes much deeper, showing us the Viennese world at the time of its inception: a glowing, golden, culturally rich city where intellectual Jewish society was at the foreground. It traces the rise of Naziism in Austria, how the Jews at the cor [...]

    18. In 1907, when Austrian artist Gustav Klimt painted his famed portrait of the Viennese socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer, he could not have known that the sophisticated world inhabited by the sitter's wealthy Jewish family would be destroyed by the Nazi takeover of the country in 1938. Adele's heirs fled to Switzerland – their business interests in tatters and their art collection, including the portrait, confiscated by Hitler's minionsThe rest of my review is available free online at The Huffington [...]

    19. It's the very end of the nineteenth century in fin de siecle Vienna and modernist thought is making hash of established ideas about human behavior, art, literature. Gustav Klimt is an established Secessionist artist, recognized and adored by the intelligensia who lived in elegant apartments along the Ringstrasse. They were Jewish and fully integrated into Viennese society as a result of emancipation, often secular, and progressive thinkers. Their salons provided discussion of modernist ideas. Th [...]

    20. When I visited the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, I first reviewed the brochure at the ticket booth. To my great surprise, there it was, Klimt's "The Kiss", and I asked the lady selling tickets if this work was really on display. (Is it possible that I was about to see the real thing, having spent years with images of this ubiquitous work?) She smiled and nodded proudly. Then I ask about the "one with the lady surrounded by gold." Her smile disappeared, she completed our transaction quickly, then w [...]

    21. Last year I read an historical novel about Klimt. This non-fiction book presented a much more graphic picture of early 20th Century Vienna and its social and cultural milieu.The author, Anne-Marie O'Conner was introduced to this subject through research for a Sunday magazine feature story for the L.A. Times. She became fascinated with the stories of Adele Bloch-Bauer's niece, and her research led to this very sympathetic presentation of the familystory.Although this is non-fiction, it is definit [...]

    22. Not a pretentious book in any way. O'Connor has an accessible style that seems more like a newspaper article (lots of short paragraphs and sentences in this narrative). However, she continually informs us about the world of Vienna from 1890 until the present. In this story of the major actors in the drama of the Klimt painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer, O'Connor reveals the racism so prevalent in Vienna from the beginning to the end. Her stories of modern-day Vienna show that the Austrians still don' [...]

    23. I really wanted to like this book more than I did in the end. This is totally the type of art historical book I generally love to read. The subject matter is fascinating. However, I felt that this book was hard to follow at points. The author did not establish the genealogy of the family well enough for my liking and I spent a lot of time trying to remember how a people were related. And as this story involves a large number of family members over time, so I was often confused. A family tree wou [...]

    24. "The Lady in Gold" tells the fascinating story of Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and all the trouble gone through until it ended up with its rightful owners. In considering the events alone that took place until the painting was retrieved by the heirs of Adele Bloch-Bauer would be enough to produce a gripping story. However, this book is much more. It can be divided into three main parts. The first, takes place in Vienna prior to WW1 and the Anschluss, the reunification between Ger [...]

    25. The Lady in Gold is a remarkable narrative describing the intersection of art, passion, theft, betrayal, bigotry, and cultural amnesia.I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Vienna last fall. I dutifully did the rounds of museums and cafes. I sought out the various works by Klimt and was entranced by the power of his art. I must say though, that I had no real understanding of the backstory of the works I stood before, lost in admiration.Ms. O'Connor's book went a long way toward filling in [...]

    26. na to, aké kvantum informácií a faktov obsahovala táto kniha, sa mi čítala veľmi ľahko. stále som si googlila niečo o postavách, miestach, Klimtovych obrazoch :-) kapitoly boli krátke, co je u mňa plus, a aj keď každá sa tematicky dosť lisila, nejak výrazne ma to nevyrusovalo. myslím, že na konci knihy sa autorka snažila byť nestranna a tak nejak neutrálne hodnotiť históriu, ale je cítiť, že viac sympatizovala s Máriou Altmannovou, čo jej však ani nemôžem vytykat [...]

    27. Maybe more like 3.5 stars, but I'm not willing to bump this one up to 4 like I have some others This was a very interesting book and parts of it were really interesting and enjoyable. I really enjoyed reading about early 20th century Vienna, Adele, and Klimt. The battle for the painting at the end was really interesting too, but I wound up coming out of that hating everyone Other parts just dragged on and on and was very redundant at times. I couldn't always keep track of who was who because the [...]

    28. Disclosure: Anne-Marie O'Connor is a friend of mine, but I have to just add a few words here to say how much I admire the way she's synthesized all this material into a gripping story of people, art, human nature (the worst kind), war, memory, recompense. There is something on every page that surprises -- the sort of facts and tangents that a more narrow account might have edited out, but that beautifully illuminate the larger story to be told here. You can tell this book was carefully written a [...]

    29. I didn't really figure out what the story was until the end of the book - there was lots of interesting information about the Adele, Klimt, their families, the changes taking place in turn-of-the-century Vienna, about the rise of Hitler in Austria, the atrocities of the Nazis and the theft of the belongings of those persecuted by the Nazis. Sometimes the information didn't seem related to the painting and that got confusing. Ultimately, the story was the Bloch-Bauer family's efforts to reclaim t [...]

    30. Cuando vi la película tuve el deseo intenso de leer el libro,al que busque no tuviera la portada de la película sino la obra de Klimt, lo conseguí por fin en la Feria del LibroLa primera parte es un deleite, el ambiente cultural y artístico de Viena, la Viena de Freud y de tantos otros, el ambiente de aperturas y descubrimientos y después viene el terror y la destrucción de la ciudad, las vidas, la cultura y el arteLa última parte del libro es agridulce, eso será lo mejor ? Que hubiera d [...]

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