Alma Mahler: Or the Art of Being Loved

Alma Mahler Or the Art of Being Loved Born in the daughter of a Viennese painter Alma Mahler inspired the passionate love and devotion of an astonishing array of creative artists She married three of them the composer Gustav Mahler

  • Title: Alma Mahler: Or the Art of Being Loved
  • Author: Françoise Giroud
  • ISBN: 9780198161561
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in 1879, the daughter of a Viennese painter, Alma Mahler inspired the passionate love and devotion of an astonishing array of creative artists She married three of them the composer Gustav Mahler, the architect Walter Gropius, and the writer Franz Werfel and had a host of admirers and lovers, including the painters Oscar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimpt.Born in 1879, the daughter of a Viennese painter, Alma Mahler inspired the passionate love and devotion of an astonishing array of creative artists She married three of them the composer Gustav Mahler, the architect Walter Gropius, and the writer Franz Werfel and had a host of admirers and lovers, including the painters Oscar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimpt The composer Alban Berg dedicated his opera Wozzeck to her and a violin concerto to the memory of her daughter, Manon, who died of polio In Alma Mahler, Francoise Giroud provides a spirited portrait of one of Europe s great femme fatales, ranging from her childhood she was raised on a steady diet of Nietzche to her heyday as a leading figure in Europe s art scene, to her later life as an exile in California and New York We meet a woman of remarkable beauty and unconventional mind, the possessor of a fine, demanding intelligence, who was highly conscious of herself as a member of the elite, a woman never truly conquered by her lovers Her last husband, Franz Werfel, called her one of the very few sorceresses of our time And indeed when she appeared, her presence attracted all eyes as she moved like a queen through a room And what eyes she drew Virtually all the great figures of 19th century Vienna march through these pages, including Sigmund Freud, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schonberg, Hugo van Hofmannsthal, Karl Kraus, and Elias Canetti, and Giroud pens striking portraits of each There are also many memorable scenes Franz Werfel singing Verdi arias with James Joyce in a Paris cafe the young Gropius, having an affair with then married Alma, chased from the Mahler home by guard dogs and taking refuge under a bridge Kokoschka, after his affair with Alma has died, commissioning a life sized doll, a faithful reproduction of his former lover But the heart of the book is Alma s marriage to Mahler We read Alma s own first impression of Mahler He is terribly nervous He paced around the room like a wild animal He s pure oxygen You get burnt if you go too near Unfortunately for Mahler, his attempt to subjugate his young wife to his will you have only one profession from now on to make me happy led to disaster, and he himself was burnt Alma Mahler stood at the center of the creative world, the intimate friend if not lover of the major artists of her age, and Giroud paints an unforgettable portrait It was awarded France s Grand Prix litteraire de la femme in 1988.

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    1 thought on “Alma Mahler: Or the Art of Being Loved”

    1. To read this book, someone definitely has to like facts about music, art, politics, religion and history, so I can't say that this is a strictly biographical book, of course every mention of a name, place, artifact or event is somehow connected to the ''Queen of Vienna'', that was Alma Mahler. This beautiful, ingenious and proud siren, acquired an impressive collection of men such as Mahler the composer, Kokoschka the painter, Gropius the architect , Werfel the author and many more followers of [...]

    2. Cursory overview that ignores (willfully or not, I can't say) the Alma Problem. It's a quickie bio and a fast read, but I'd recommend Alma's diaries and Mahler's letters to his wife to balance it out.

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