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Woman in Gold (2015)

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Some paintings are better seen than talked about. In fact, all paintings are. Gustav Klimt’s striking early twentieth century works were of real people. They are extraordinary pictorial expressions. Once experienced, never forgotten. Our history has many facets and the vast Nazi art plundering that was just one issue still rippling across our world ripped apart family collections which were held in this case by the Austrian Government a situation rendered even more difficult by a culture of denial which boasted Kurt Waldheim as leader. This is the story of Maria Altmann, who fought for the return of this exquisite gold leaf rendition of her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer. It is about how Nazism destroyed the culture of Mittel Europa. She was assisted in her quest by the grandson of composer Arnold Schoenberg. There are probably 100,000 more artworks awaiting return via these people driven to seek restitution. It’s all true.

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