Stealing Klimt
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Stealing Klimt
Gustav Klimt was one of the most celebrated Austrian artists of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century, and between 1900 and 1907 a wealthy gentleman from Vienna, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, commissioned five paintings by Klimt. In her will, Ferdinand's wife Adele bequeathed the valuable canvases to their nieces and nephews, including Maria Altmann, who was born in 1916. Like her wealthy aunt and uncle, Maria was Jewish, and when Austria willingly surrendered to an invasion by German forces in 1938, her family fled to the United States. The Gustav Klimt paintings that belonged to… More