Art that brings you to tears

When in high school, I remember reading up on one of my now favourite artists, Gustav Klimt.  A desired painting of the time for me was the startling “Portrait of  Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” otherwise known as “The Woman In Gold”.  I used to gaze deeply into the most magnificent details of Klimt’s grand piece for hours at times, imagining the circumstances around which the painting was created in 1907.

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Adele Bloch-Bauer was a key figure in Viennese society before her death, aged 44, in 1925.  During the lead up to the Second World War, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Baur 1” was seized by the nazis in what is believed to be a coup where more than one million pieces of art were stolen from their rightful owners.

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In the year 2000, Maria Altman, the neice of Bloch-Bauer sued the Austrian government, later winning her case in June 2006, to reclaim a series of Klimt paintings.  The “Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” now hangs in the Neue Gallerie in New York after being acquired for $135 million.

Antje Traue portrayed Adele in the 2015 film, The Woman In Gold, striking an uncanny resemblance to the original subject as you can see below.

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The portrait is one of the most emotionally uplifting works known to humankind and I have often shed tears in the past when admiring its beauty and the story of its life.

I have never seen the “Portait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1” in person and I suspect, if ever there was a time to visit New York, that time is now.  Or soon to say the least…..

 

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