Portrait of Wally
ART | ARCHITECTURE ON FILMCo-presented with the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UCSB“Works like a suspense drama… A painting’s provenance matters, and so does this portrait of ‘Portrait of Wally.’ ” Chicago Tribune“Portrait of Wally,” Egon Schiele’s tender picture of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of Vienna’s Leopold Museum. But for 13 years, the painting was locked away in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. This “cinematic masterwork” (Huffington Post) traces its engrossing history – from Schiele’s affectionate gesture toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to its surprise resurfacing at the Museum of Modern Art more than half a century later. (Andrew Shea, 2012, 90 min.)
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