See WOMAN IN GOLD, starring Helen Mirren
Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele by Gustav Klimt. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.
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A Little Historical Background
The Nazi Plunder
Throughout World War II, under rule of Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich is said to have looted twenty percent of all Western art in existence at the time.
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
The work of art that the real life Maria Altmann fought so hard to recover was painted by Gustav Klimt, a prominent Austrian symbolist artist. It was the first of two portraits he painted of the subject, and is regarded as the most representative piece of his golden phase. The work took three years to complete, and has been a source of great controversy ever since. A concern of several documentary films, and now a major motion picture, the ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ is famous less for its artistic merit than for its scandalous history. In 2006, it sold at auction for $135 million, the most money a painting had ever commanded.
Other Famous Pieces of Art Stolen by the Third Reich
Madonna of Bruges
Foundation E.G. Bührle
By Paul Cézanne
Painter on the Road to Tarascon
By Vincent van Gogh