Adele Bloch-Bauer, Art Nouveau, Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Klimt, memories, Peter Schlosser, the Nazi, Vienna Secession
6abriel Fauré, Élégie in C Minor for Cello & Piano Op. 24 (1880 – 1883)
Peter Schlosser was an Austrian artist, in the days of Art Nouveau, Jugendstil and the Wiener Secession (the Vienna Secession). I found a post about him, but no entry. This above painting is dated 1896.
Gustav Klimt and other artists founded the Wiener Secession in April 1897. Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is dear to me because I was a friend of relatives, members in fact, of the Bloch-Bauer family. My friends were Hélène and Francis Gutmann. Francis, whose mother was a Bloch-Bauer, finished a PhD in physics, at the University of British Columbia, where I also completed a PhD. However, we had met in Victoria. I also met Mr. Bloch-Bauer, an uncle (I believe). He was an older gentleman at the time, the very late 60s. If my memory serves me well, he spoke French. Francis met his wife, my friend Hélène, in Montreal. He enjoyed playing the piano. The Nazis pillaged the family home. His brother-in-law, a prince, taught me the Viennese Waltz. Francis was born in Vienna and died in Montreal, in 2014.
Love to everyone ♥
Gabriel Fauré, Élégie in C Minor for Cello & Piano Op. 24
Paul Tortelier, violoncelle
Jean Hubeau, piano
Maurice Ravel, Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
Orchestre national de France
Lake George by John Frederick Kensett, Hudson River School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
© Micheline Walker
5 November 2017