Friday, February 10, 2012

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

Pamela and Randol Schoenberg, owners of dnj Gallery, present:

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 Lady in Gold is considered an unforgettable masterpiece, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt completed the society portrait.

Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for The Washington Post, 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. O'Connor was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times 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.

Talk and book signing by the author at LACMA on Sunday February 19, at 2PM. Tickets are free but an RSVP is required for this event.

To read the L.A. Times review click here.

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