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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow of a book!, 12 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: 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 ] By O'Connor, Anne-Marie ( Author )Feb-07-2012 Hardcover (Hardcover)
I was dyeing to get this book as a Klimt lover and particularly of his "gold period" and this painting of Adele Bloch Bauer is a real modern icon just as much as the sacred icons of Russia and the Byzantine mosaics which inspired it. The first biographic part of the book which deals with the life of the woman Adele intrigued me most, but then the author goes into the war years and subsequent loss of this and many other Klimt works stolen by the Nazis from the widower of Adele, as well as a colossal art theft in general, some of which were burnt hidden away in castles and subterranean cellars of palaces. It was very revealing to read of these non human atrocities which filled me with horror for the loss of beauty and culture to future mankind as the lagers and the human loss of life for the twisted mind of one individual- I cannot call him a man!! After this chapter, we are now into the modern era of the battle to return these works to their owner and the last phase which is extremely well documented of the eventual transfer from Vienna to New York of the five Klimts which survived the holocaust. All Klimt lovers should get this book, which I heartily recommend.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2014 19:54:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2014 19:56:08 BDT
janebbooks says:
Artemistica....I sense from your reviews that you are rather poetic.

So try this on for size. I too was fascinated from the moment I saw Klimt's Portrait...
And that's why I read and reviewed O'Connor's book. One could see the shimmer of precious metals and the brightness of the Byzantine mosaics with which he worked. I read a Slate magazine article about Lauder's purchase of this Klimt...and the author indicates that he is reminded of William Butler Yeats' later poem "Sailing to Byzantium" every time he sees THE LADY IN GOLD.

Well, I sent the article by Christopher Benfrey (I believe) to my major prof who taught a WBY class.... He was rather astonished and agreed with us. Yeats must have been thinking of the 1907 Klimt masterpiece when he wrote his magnificent poem!

Jane

Posted on 21 Jul 2014 10:59:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jul 2014 11:00:02 BDT
janebbooks says:
Here's the article about the sale by the heirs to the Neue Museum: "Perils of Adele: Ronald S. Lauder buys a Klimt," June 20, 2006, by Christopher Benfey in THE SLATE magazine.

Benfrey asks: If you had a $135 million, would you rather have a Klimt on your wall or A-Rod on your baseball team for five years?
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