Artists, particularly great ones, don't always get their due. German painter Rudolf Bauer, one of the stellar prewar abstract painters, was lucky. He earned acclaim and money. His rags-to-riches story is fascinating, yet at the height of his creative power, he cried foul -- and refused to paint again.
His alleged betrayal, at the hands of Hilla von Rebay, former lover and legendary curator, and patron Solomon Guggenheim, is the essence of Bauer, an intimate, well-staged drama now off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters.