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An erotic portrait of Gustav Mahler's wife is at the heart of a contentious ownership dispute involving Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Two Nudes (Lovers) by Oskar Kokoschka is a self-portrait with the composer's wife, Alma Mahler, with whom the artist had an affair. Alma also was married to the Bauhaus School architect Walter Gropius and to the writer Franz Werfel, author of Song of Bernadette.
Her free-spirited ways inspired a song by Tom Lehrer, who noted Alma "had, in her lifetime, managed to acquire as lovers practically all of the top creative men in central Europe," and thus, "her story…was the stuff of which ballads should be made":
The loveliest girl in Vienna Was Alma, the smartest as well. Once you picked her up on your antenna, You'd never be free of her spell.
Her lovers were many and varied From the day she began her - beguine. There were three famous ones whom she married, And God knows how many between.
And that is the story of Alma, Who knew how to receive and to give. The body that reached her embalma Was one that had known how to live.