Among her lovers were the artist Gustav Klimt, composer Arnold Schoenberg, writer Gerhart Hauptman, composer Alban Berg, singer Enrico Caruso, composer Alexander Zemlinksy, artist Oskar Kokoschka, and Professor Johannes Hollnsteiner.
Alma Mahler was born in 1879 as the daughter of the Viennese landscape painter Emil Jakob Schindler.
Alma grew up in a privileged environment; Gustav Klimt, Burgtheater director Max Burckhard and composer Alexander Zemlinsky (who was her composer tutor) are among the people who were in and out of her parents' house. At the age of 22 Alma married the famous composer and conductor Gustav Mahler who was 20 years her senior.
The price Alma paid for being married to the man who held the most powerful position in the Viennese music scene as the director of the Royal Opera was high;
she had to give up all her aspirations as a composer, as Mahler wished her to be a simple housewife and mother.
Alma bore him two children, Maria Anna (1902-1907), who died at the age of five and Anna Justina (1904-1988) who became a very famous sculptress.
From 1910 to 1914 Kokoschka painted a remarkable series of portraits which expose the inner life of his sitters.
Alma Mahler (1879 - 1964) was the muse of some of the great early-twentieth-century artists.
Klimt fell in love with her but was ultimately spurned and the composer Gustav Mahler was her first husband. Kokoschka was her lover after Mahler's death.
The artist met Alma Mahler in April 1912 and they immediately embarked upon a turbulent love affair. He painted several portraits of her and a celebrated oil, 'The Tempest', which depicts the couple together on a stormy sea.
The Tempest, self-portrait with Alma Mahler by Oskar Kokoschka, oil on canvas, 1914; in the Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland.
"Bride of the Wind" (oil on canvass, 181x221cm) Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland Self-portrait of the Austrian artist expressing his unrequited love for Alma Mahler (widow of composer Gustav Mahler)
Self-Portrait with Life-Size Doll Made in the Likeness of Alma Mahler 1922
Edvard Munch’s oil painting “Summer Night on the Beach” is to be restored to Marina Mahler, granddaughter of Gustav and Alma Mahler. Alma Mahler was the original owner. Ny times 9 de noviembre de 2006
At the age of 50, Alma was married for the third time, this time to Jewish poet Franz Werfel, Author of the novels "The Song of Bernadette" and "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" as well as successful theatre plays such as "Jacobowsky and the Colonel". While still married to Gropus Alma became pregnant by Werfel in 1918. The baby, named Martin, only lived ten months. The burning of his works, followed the seizing of power by the Nazis forced Alma and Werfel into exile. In 1940 they settled in Hollywood. Franz Werfel died in 1945.
La vida de Franz Werfel no tiene nada que envidiarle al guión de Casablanca .
Fue amigo de Kafka, marido de Alma Mahler -¡uno de ellos!- y autor de éxito en vida –de poesía, novela, relato breve y teatro-.
La publicación en 1933 de Los cuarenta días del Musa Dagh , centrada en la persecución de los armenios por parte del ejército turco durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, lo puso en el disparadero del Nacionalsocialismo, de cuya barbarie huyó en una odisea que le llevó a cruzar los Pirineos a pie junto con Alma y unos amigos para después embarcar en Lisboa rumbo a Estados Unidos, donde permaneció hasta su muerte en 1945