The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor
The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer [Deckle Edge]

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The central and largest section of Ms. O'Connor's book is devoted to the brutal destruction of their Vienna.
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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 siècle 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 PostThe Christian Science Monitor.  
Winner of the Marfield National Award for Arts Writing. Winner of a California Book Award. 

 

About Anne-Marie O'Connor

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Anne-Marie O'Connor attended Vassar College, studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a foreign correspondent for Reuters and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times for twelve years, and has written extensively on the Klimt painting and the Bloch-Bauer family's efforts to recover its art collection. Her articles have appeared in Esquire, The Nation, and The Christian Science Monitor. She currently writes for The Washington Post from Mexico City, where her husband, William Booth, is Post bureau chief.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Hugh Eakin on Feb 18 2012

The central and largest section of Ms. O'Connor's book is devoted to the brutal destruction of their Vienna.

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Reviewed by Suzanne Muchnic on Feb 12 2012

O'Connor does not gloss over complexities of the Klimt affair or the spoils of victory.

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