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By William Middleton

The first and definitive biography of the prestigious creditors Dominique and John de Menil, who grew to become one of many maximum cultural forces of the 20th century via groundbreaking shows of paintings, inventive scholarship, the construction of leading edge galleries and museums, and paintings with civil rights.

Dominique and John de Menil created an oasis of tradition of their Philip Johnson-designed residence with each person from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In Houston, they equipped the Menil assortment, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the modern Arts Museum.
     Now, with extraordinary entry to relatives files, William Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this distinctive couple. From their ancestors in Normandy and Alsace, to their very own early years in France, and their travels in South the USA ahead of settling in Houston. We see them brought to the artists in Europe and the US whose works they'd gather, and we see how, through the Sixties, their assortment had grown to incorporate 17,000 work, sculptures, drawings, pictures, infrequent books, and ornamental gadgets.
     And this is, besides, a bright behind-the-scenes examine the paintings international of the 20 th century and the large effect the de Menils wielded via what they gathered and equipped and during the reasons they believed in.

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