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This is another image that I think resonates with Wes Anderson's work and with the fragile Viennese culture he drew inspiration from for The Grand Budapest. It is called Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimpt 1907. It is of a young, jewish lady who's family were well off and could afford to patronise the arts. After Adele died and her husband had to flee to Switzerland leaving all his possessions, the painting was confiscated by the Nazis (for more info see the film Rape of Europa). Its ownership by her American niece has only just been re-established through a court case (2006).

This painting shows how when we create something beautiful, no matter how much effort we put in it can still, unexpectedly and/or unavoidably be lost. Perhaps these things become more valuable because of this.


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