Woman in Gold. Director, Simon Curtis. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds. The Weinstein Company, LLC. 2015.
Klimt, Gustav. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II. Neue Gallery, New York City.
We, my husband and I, FINALLY saw this wonderful film! Helen Mirren reveals once again her amazing range as she portrays Maria Altmann, the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer who is the subject of this beautiful painting. The masterpiece by Gustav Klimt was commissioned by and hung in the living room of the Bloch-Bauers and Altmanns (the two families lived together) until it was seized by the Nazis for payment of “taxes”during WWII. The name of the painting was changed from “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” to the “The Lady in Gold” to distract from its dubious lineage as it found its way to the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna after the war. The movie reveals the long and arduous battle on the part of Maria Altmann and her attorney, Randy Schoenberg to have the painting returned to its rightful owner. It shines a light on some of the inner politics of art as well as the profound damage done to families in Europe under Nazi rule. This story has much to teach us about that time in history but also about the amazing strength of women like Maria Altmann. I hope you enjoy the film as much as we did.
My husband and I had the privilege of seeing this gorgeous painting at the Neue Gallery in New York City where it is now on permanent display (a condition of Altman selling it to the gallery).
You can view “Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer II” at the MOMA in New York City when it is on display (it is at the time of this post). There is also an upcoming Klimt exhibition that we will go see during our next NY visit! Please see the links below.
Links of interest:
Upcoming exhibit at the Neue Gallery in NYC – September 22, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Gustav Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918
In the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC:
“Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II”
The book that inspired the movie:
“The Lady in Gold – The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
DVD for sale on Amazon:
Woman in Gold
Documentary – for rent on Vimeo or purchase: