Klimt

Woman in Gold

I just watched Woman In Gold, and loved it (recommend! recommend! recommend!).  It stars Helen Mirren as an Austrian woman who sues the Austrian government for return of a Klimt painting, stolen by the Nazis.  

The flashbacks scenes are stocked with gorgeous things, filling out the world of a family that would actually be commissioning Klimts.  So stunning!

Two sets caught my eye.  First there was this elegant rope banister/railing/whatever-you-call-it-when-it-is-rope with lion head hardware. Why don't we see this style more?  I guess it is hard to clean, and could turn nautical very quickly.

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Then there is this amazing office! 

Wes Anderson gets what he wants

Ages ago, I wrote a post about the art in the show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.  The gist of the post is that I am always amazed when I see recognizable paintings used in sets.  

The art that you see in sets needs to be "cleared".  Often this means one of two things:

1. The art was created for the set, so it is original.  No one owns it.  Sometimes this art is in the style of a more recognizable artist, but the art was imagined by an employee or contractor of the film.  

2. The artist and/or person who owns the art formally gives the project permission to use the image in the set.  Getting the rights to use a piece is a hassle and a half, so option 2 is only on the table if it seems "do-able".

That's why I was amazed to see Gustav Klimt's Birch Forest in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel".

Anderson also prominently places an Egon Schiele painting in his set, but I could not find the exact painting used, so maybe they went with the in-the-style-of option.  

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Egon Schiele - Wally Neuzil in Black stockings 1912

Egon Schiele - Wally Neuzil in Black stockings 1912

I guess I had art on the brain because right after watching Grand Budapest, I noticed a similar art situation in How I Met Your Mother.  

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9, Episode 20 - The Farhampton home of a rich captain who loves boats.

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9, Episode 20 - The Farhampton home of a rich captain who loves boats.

Rene Magritte - Time Transfixed

Rene Magritte - Time Transfixed