Hello everyone! Richard and I watched a movie this week on TV and you might have already seen it but if not, then I most certainly recommend it. It is "Woman In Gold" and it stars Helen Mirren. It is a true story about the painting "Woman In Gold" by the Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt. The artwork had been stolen from the family's home in Austria by the Nazis in World War II. It ended up at a gallery in Austria (and the gallery did NOT want to let it go, of course.) The film is about Maria Altman, a Jewish refugee who settled in California (played superbly by Helen Mirren) who went to court and asked to have the painting returned to her. (Her aunt was the subject of the painting.)
You might not know this about me but I am very interested in court cases and the back story, if you will, of how they are brought about in the first place! You MUST watch the movie to find out what happens when the lawyer goes to a Barnes and Noble Book Store and that one visit makes him realize that he will be able to bring suit against the gallery in Austria for the painting!
It is a very good movie, based on a true story. Please let me know if you have seen it and if you do see it, let me know what you think.
Maria Altmann's attorney, Randol Schoenberg, now specializes in legal cases related to the recovery of stolen artworks, especially those stolen by the Nazi regime. He is the President of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
And my friends, if you are interested in seeing more of the art by Klimt and many others, you may read and learn more about artists at this website:
(It looks as if you may purchase art from this website also.) I hope I don't sound like one of those creepy radio ads, where someone is talking to you very personally and then, starts trying to sell you something. This sounds like a legit website to me, so I am just going on instinct here. Art seems like
a nice thing to promote to me.