The first and definitive biography of the distinguished creditors Dominique and John de Menil, who become one of the most largest cultural forces of the 20th century via groundbreaking reveals of artwork, creative scholarship, the advent of cutting edge galleries and museums, and paintings with civil rights.

Dominique and John de Menil created an oasis of tradition of their Philip Johnson-designed space with everybody from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. In Houston, they constructed the Menil Assortment, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the Up to date Arts Museum.
     Now, with remarkable get right of entry to to circle of relatives records, 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 us sooner than settling in Houston. We see them presented to the artists in Europe and The us whose works they’d acquire, and we see how, through the Nineteen Sixties, their Assortment had grown to incorporate 17,000 art work, sculptures, drawings, images, uncommon books, and ornamental items.
     And this is, as smartly, a vibrant at the back of-the-scenes take a look at the artwork international of the 20th century and the large affect the de Menils wielded via what they accrued and constructed and in the course of the reasons they believed in.