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This is the award-winning story of the gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the beautiful Muse who Gustav Klimt painted into history as a sensual Mona Lisa of turn-of-the-century Vienna; its fate under Nazi rule, and the battle that revealed its unknown story of heroism and  shimmering genius. It is also the untold story of Gustav Klimt, and his portrait models: the arts patrons and intellectual women who were co-creators of modernism in Vienna. Some were co-creators of modernism in Vienna. Some were romantically linked to Klimt. One may have been his daughter. Their lives unfolded in the glamorous Vienna of Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Hedy Lamarr and Billy Wilder, a lost world that ended with the arrival of Hitler. For years this story languished in obscurity, until the battle to recover Klimt paintings stolen by the Nazis brought these stories to light, along with a rich trove of lost letters and journals about life with Gustav Klimt. 

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Luise Bloch-Bauer

Luise Bloch-Bauer was Maria's older, more sophisticated sister, and one of the most sought-after girls in Vienna. Her wit, style and poise were legendary. Luise would marry Baron Viktor Gutmann, the handsome scion of a great clan that may have inspired Johan Strauss's "Gypsy Baron."