[ Ebook ] ➩ The Lady in Gold Author Anne-Marie O'Connor – Dileydi.be



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  1. says:

    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 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 Austria I wish the title had emphasized the story of the social milieu in which the painting was created and traveled rather than calling the story of the portrait itself fascinating.Second, I did not like the writing The author uses fictionalization scenes and peculiarly phrased sentences to paint little vignettes of people and places I found vignette after vignette to be tiresome and I often didn t know why they were being presented in this context Why, for example, do we care that Freud skipped a medical lecture to see Mark Twain talk in Vienna It had nothing to do with Klimt, the painting, Adele or the law suit It might have been ok as a way to show the overall social scene in Vienna at the time that Klimt lived, but every small 3 4 page chapter was like that.Third, there was no narrative The little vignettes followed roughly in chronological order, but I certainly didn t comprehend the whole story I want details, but not the type of detail that the author gave I would rather have details of the story itself and a concrete thesis to follow.In conclusion, I think that the author got confused about why she was writing this book and didn t present her information in the best possible light That said, I found some of the book interesting, it just wasn t what I had hoped to be reading about


  2. says:

    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 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 raises the spectre of Austrian and Croatian complicity in important ways The role the US Supreme Court plays in the story of Adele I restitution is a moment of pride for American idealism Anyone interested in International law will also find this intriguing, in a light way O Connor also captures the insanity of the art auction world, and the impact on family of money, war and remembrance I caution you, this is not an easy book to read it is painful at times, and the story is convoluted, with as many players as a Tolstoi novel The style is subtle straightforward and understated Yet, it is the sort of book that impacts the soul and lingers


  3. says:

    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 Klimt p 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 Klimt paintings in our home The Kiss perhaps his most famous work and Water Serpents I, so I was immediately interested in the book I really appreciated that O Connor took the reader back to the late 19th century and early 20th century to paint the landscape of the era the parties, the intrigue, the art scene, the romantic scandals, the loving families and not so loving marriages I was completely drawn into this era and felt the loss of it when the narrative moved on to the war years and how the family members endured and or escaped I thought it lost a little momentum when the time frame advanced to modern day and the early efforts of Maria Altmann Adele s niece to recover the paintings which had been stolen from her family For some of the chapters in the last section of the book O Connor switched to a first person narrative, told from Maria s point of view, and that seemed to interrupt the flow Still, I was captivated from beginning to end


  4. says:

    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 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 the 20th century We also learn about the plight and fate of these Viennese Jews after WWI and before, during and after WWII and how WWI created a culture ripe for increased antisemitism and the acceptance of promise Hitler made to create a stable, prosperous, united Germany The bulk of this book is devoted to telling these stories with the Bloch Bauer family at the center.Less of the book was about the niece of of Adele, Marie, and other heirs efforts to gain back this painting and others that they believed were rightly theirs This legal battle started in the late 90 s and culminated successfully in the early 2000 s.I really liked this book and was riveted through most of it Yet I must say I agree with some of the criticisms of others reviewers The title does not represent what this book is about See above so many people s names to keep track of and remember who they were, how they were related and how they were relevant A family tree would have been great sometimes the vignettes jumped around in place and time making it hard to keep up and stay connected the author switched in the last part of the book from telling third person stories to writing in first person seemingly without warning I kept wondering who I was when I realized it was her describing her interactions with the heirs and her experience in Vienna doing research.Not wanting to end my review on a sour note, I highly recommend this book O Connor tells an important story and makes it interesting and creates at times heart pounding suspense by putting people rather than facts at the center.A movie based on the book, The Woman in Gold, is coming out April 3 starring Helen Mirren I m looking forward to it


  5. says:

    Oh poo I was hoping to love this onethan 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 Oh poo I was hoping to love this onethan 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 population based on their race and background, but Austria wasn t divided clearly into Nazis and Jews It s as if anybody who didn t resist the Nazis were evil supporters of Holocaust How about the Austrians who hid Jews at the risk of their lives How about Jews who sympathized with Germany s vision of dominance and growth until the genocide began Austrians are all evil, all out to get the Jews, and museums that tried to save the art after the war were actually marauding criminals, racing against each other to satisfy their greed Or at least that is the impression I got from reading The Lady in Gold My stance on the topic is that history is a vast ocean filled with circumstance, personal passions, mistakes, chances, and survival You cannot lump people into one pile based on their nationality, miss O Connor Oh wait, that s what the Nazis did Let s learn from that.2 The story deviates too much into brief biographies of multiple historical characters, and eventually you start losing track of who is who, and how they are related to the Bloch Bauer portrait There are chapters upon chapters of horrors of war, which again relate little about the art itself Because of that the subtitle of the book is somewhat misleading Considering that Klimt never discussed his private affairs and very few documents of Adele survived to present day, I should have expected that the much speculated affair would not become anyclear after this book.3 Too much speculation The author imagines what goes though her subjects heads as if this was fiction How much of this can I attribute to the imagination of miss O Connor and how much to her research, I don t know 4 This is not the authors fault, but I hated the part when the five heirs were choosing what to do with the Klimt collection that was returned to them by the courts Only one of them wanted to send the paintings to museums in Austria, so they could be enjoyed by the public as national treasure The rest wanted to sell to private collectors And then they have the audacity to claim it wasn t for money That s what Adele would have wanted , they say She would want these paintings locked up in bedrooms of filthy rich magnates who see them purely as smart investment pieces One of such paintings was sold to that guy who put his elbow through a Picasso Yep, what a fate I did enjoy the description of pre war Vienna, Klimt s liberated view of art, and Adele s short, but impactful life Unfortunately, the book was bloated in places by unrelated trivia, and I disagreed with the author s stance on some issues You win some, you lose some Overall, an average kind of study of a famous masterpiece I don t think I will be revisiting it anytime soon


  6. says:

    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 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 directly involved in the world of Bloch Bauer and her heirs, which becomes completely and utterly confusing when the book reaches World War II I coudn t keep track of the people she wrote about who were the heirs and who were just friends of the Bloch Bauers and met sad ends during the war.That confusion took me out of the narrative, and took me out of what might have been agripping true life story


  7. says:

    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 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 friends also the theft by the Nazis of many of the great works of art in private and public hands, including much of Klimt s work this painting, too Then you learn how the family tried to get the painting back from the government of Austria, which claimed it was given to that country s state art museum rather than Aryanized by the Nazis.This book made me want to go to Vienna if only I could go to Vienna in about 1910, that would be even better and made me want to see this painting in person My only wish was that the book included color plates of the paintings and other works described, in addition to its many black and white photos of the main characters Although this book is not a comprehensive treatment of the Nazi art theft see The Rape of Europa for that or of the Holocaust or of Vienna s golden age, it is a well written, engrossing treatment of all three together in the context of the biography of a beautiful painting


  8. says:

    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 how 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 how World War II decimated the Austrian Jewish community the ways Austria cooperated with the Nazis both in ridding the country of people of Jewish descent, and in confiscating the art collections of Jewish citizens how up until recently, the Austrian government not only refused to admit its collaboration with the Nazis, but a younger generation has called for truth telling and reparations how many Nazi functionaries from Hitler on down stole 20% of the artworks of Europe and hid them in bunkers and castles and mines that until a feisty Austrian refugee took legal action against the Austrian government, most Jewish people who had escaped Nazi Austria had not received their captured art, homes, businesses or other holdings back There are numerous paintings I will never look at in quite the same way since I now know the human cost behind the paintings


  9. says:

    No review on this one, just a short reaction This is farthan 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 No review on this one, just a short reaction This is farthan 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 helped to understand the process and also the aftermath of power and idea Not only in the administrative or criminal justice process but in the spirit of origin and subsequent discoveries and associative descendants


  10. says:

    This book was one of the selections for my in person book club When it was selected I assumed it would belike 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 This book was one of the selections for my in person book club When it was selected I assumed it would belike 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 to admit to enjoying the first third of the book the most It focuses on the time of the painting and of the artist I was fascinated by the Vienna of the early 20th century and the character of Klimt There were quite a few paintings of his I d never heard of, and other artists that were unfamiliar I spent a lot of time looking up images of these paintings, since the book only had black and white photos.The majority of the book, the second section, tells the story of the painting in the context of World War II It suffers from not presenting any new information in the bigger facts art was stolen from Jewish families before they were killed or pushed out of the country, the Holocaust, etc , but also suffers from too much detail in following all the minor characters even tangentially related to the story It would have been stronger to focus in.The last section follows the very recent legal battle and points to a culture of denial in Vienna after the war that allowed stolen property to remain the property of the state I didn t realize how recent much of the art restitution movements had been, particularly in Austria Even the Looted Art Commission has only been around since 1999


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The Lady in Gold 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 Million A Century After Klimt, The Most Famous Austrian Painter Of His Time, Completed The Society Portrait Anne Marie O Connor, Writer For The Washington Post, Formerly Of The Los Angeles Times, Tells The Galvanizing Story Of The Lady In Gold, Adele Bloch Bauer, A Dazzling Viennese Jewish Society Figure Daughter Of The Head Of One Of The Largest Banks In The Hapsburg Empire, Head Of The Oriental Railway, Whose Orient Express Went From Berlin To Constantinople Wife Of Ferdinand Bauer, Sugar Beet Baron The Bloch Bauers Were Art Patrons, And Adele Herself Was Considered A Rebel Of Fin De Si Cle Vienna She Wanted To Be Educated, A Notion Considered Degenerate In A Society That Believed Women Being Out In The World Went Against Their Feminine Nature The Author Describes How Adele Inspired The Portrait And How Klimt Made Than A Hundred Sketches Of Her Simple Pencil Drawings On Thin Manila Paper And O Connor Writes Of Klimt Himself, Son Of A Failed Gold Engraver, Shunned By Arts Bureaucrats, Called An Artistic Heretic In His Time, A Genius In Ours She Writes Of The Nazis Confiscating The Portrait Of Adele From The Bloch Bauers Grand Palais Of The Austrian Government Putting The Painting On Display, Stripping Adele S Jewish Surname From It So That No Clues To Her Identity Nor Any Hint Of Her Jewish Origins Would Be Revealed Nazi Officials Called The Painting, The Lady In Gold And Proudly Exhibited It In Vienna S Baroque Belvedere Palace, Consecrated In The S As A Nazi Institution The Author Writes Of The Painting, Inspired By The Byzantine Mosaics Klimt Had Studied In Italy, With Their Exotic Symbols And Swirls, The Subject An Idol In A Golden Shrine We See How, Sixty Years After It Was Stolen By The Nazis, The Portrait Of Adele Bloch Bauer Became The Subject Of A Decade Long Litigation Between The Austrian Government And The Bloch Bauer Heirs, How And Why The US Supreme Court Became Involved In The Case, And How The Court S Decision Had Profound Ramifications In The Art World In This Book Listeners Will Find 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