ANNE MARIE O'CONNOR
FIRST HALF 20TH CENTURY
Partly the story of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who is the subject of the painting later renamed by Austria as "The Lady in Gold" - was she one of Klimt's lovers? Who's to know? An intimate portrait of her in paint and a portrait of her and her family. And partly this is the story of how a brave relative fought to retrieve the painting after the Nazi lootings.
You are taken back to Fin de Siecle Vienna where the salons offered dark coffee and cream, where the Jews are assimilated into society and where you discover what Vienna was like - populated by famous characters (even Freud) this is a terrific book, hard ot get hold of just now, but let's hope it comes back into mainstream print!