This Weeks Wowwow golds Uncovering the History of The Woman In Golds Gold Dress

This Weeks Wow Uncovering the History of The Woman In Golds Gold Dress

This Weeks Wow Uncovering the History of The Woman In Golds Gold Dress

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InWoman in Gold, worldwide audiences will see how difficult that was, Lauder said. There are something like , works of art still unaccounted for. For many of them, we know where they are, but we still cant get to them.

Woman in Gold, starringHelen MirrenandRyan Reynolds, tells the story of Maria Altmann, who fought a decadelong legal battle to get back her milys art collection, which had been seized by the Nazis when her ancestors fled Austria. The portrait of BlochBauer, a prime example of Klimts goldperiod, was sold to Lauder in and has becomea centerpiece of the Neue Galeries collection of German and Austrian art from the early th century.

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Learn More Visit the Neue Galerie for a special exhibition, Gustav Klimt and Adele BlochBauer The Woman in Gold, opening Tuesday, for more insight into the artists creation of the painting over four years, as well as the life of his subject.

Why Its a Wow Klimts portrait, with BlochBauer presented in a gown of glittering gold, was the first undertaken after his trip to Ravenna, Italy, in , where he had been inspired by the thcentury Byzantine mosaics. Many of his sketches for the work are now on at the Neue Galerie, offering a unique window into the process of a painter who had a special connection to shion through his friendship with the designer Emilie Flöge. Flöge was a proponent of the reform of dress that is seen in many of his paintings, reflecting a movement in Vienna in the early s to reject the corset and promote more inidual forms of dress, most noly looserfitting, artistically designed gowns.

The Moment Thursday morning, Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics executive and president of the World Jewish Congress, who is also cofounder of the Neue Galerie in Manhattan, was standing in the museum in front of the Gustav Klimts portrait of Adele BlochBauer I. The painting, which has also been known as The Woman in Gold, is one of Klimts most mous works, one that has inspired countless designers over decades, and also one with a scinating history that is the subject of a new film being released on Wednesday.

It is hardly surprising that the works from that period have inspired freethinking designers ever since, even as recently as the ll collection of Valentino designers Marie Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, shown this month in Paris with a nod to both Flöge and Celia Birtwell, the wife and muse of Ossie Clark. Also inspired by the painting was Aerin Lauder, who created aspecial lipstick collectionunder her Aerin label for the Neue Galerie. The limitededition set, for , includes two shades, one called Liebling, designed after the warm blush tones of BlochBauers lips, the other called Sequin, after the gold shimmer of her dress.

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