BLT: Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

BLT meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.

Golden HillTuesday, October 9th
The Lady in Gold

by Anne Marie O'Connor

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Gustav Klimt, a darling of the Habsburg court in fin de siecle Vienna, outraged the establishment by creating erotic, gold-leafed paintings and securing new patrons among the wealthy and despised Jewish elite, including the subject of his masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1908). Adele, who also appears in The Kiss, was a regal intellectual, married, childless, witty, poised, bored with high society, most likely in love with notorious seducer Klimt, and determined to live a meaningful life. Both artist and model died before Vienna welcomed Hitler with cheering mobs, and Adele's portrait became a jewel among the artworks stolen by the Nazis. Journalist O'Connor is the first to tell the intricately webbed and shocking tale of this iconic work, opening new vistas of the cataclysmic era's indelible horrors by recounting the harrowing stories of Adele's nieces, Maria and Luise. Maria escaped to California, where, decades later, lawyer Randol Schoenberg, grandson of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, took the battle to reclaim Maria's family treasure from the unrepentant Austrian government all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Drawing on remarkable conversations and invaluable private archives and writing with a novelist's dynamism, O'Connor resurrects fascinating individuals and tells a many-faceted, intensely affecting, and profoundly revelatory tale of the inciting power of art and the unending need for justice.  - Booklist, starred review


This book discussion is part of our Everyone is Reading event series.

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History of WolvesUp next in November:
Goodbye, Vitamin
by Rachel Khong


 



Where: Howe Library
Room: Rotary Room
Time: 12:00 - 1:00