It took artist Gustav Klimt five years to create the gold portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the great aunt of Peter Altmann. The paintings graced the walls of their family home in Vienna for 30 years, until they were forcibly removed by Hitler’s henchmen during the war.
The Austrian government held the pieces in its possession for 70 years, until Peter’s mother successfully sued for them to be returned the family. The Adele Bloch-Bauer 1 was sold at auction for $135 million, with the stipulation that it would be displayed in New York’s Neue Galerie. You may have heard of the award winning books, The Lady in Gold, and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. The latter was released in the theaters last month. Our speaker, Peter Altmann, will inject fascinating details and historical perspective into the paintings’ journey through time and place.
This presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 11th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Garfield Book Company at PLU (208 South Garfield Street). You may register at the door – $10.00 per person