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From Chanel to Reeves: La Pausa and its Collections and the Dallas Museum of Art
By Oliver Meslay and Martha MacLeod
Wendy and Emery Reves purchased the Villa La Pausa in 1953 from the fashion icon Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, and retained the majority of furnishings, souvenirs, and books owned by the acclaimed fashion designer. The Mediterranean villa was originally built in 1927 by architect Robert Streitz under the direction of Chanel. Throughout her time at La Pausa, she decorated and remodelled the home with austere style, including 16th- and 17th-century furniture from the Duke of Westminster's collection.
Along with the furnishings, new owners Wendy and Emery Reves acquired Chanel's personal library, which included numerous novels by contemporary writers of the time and some first editions by her friends, among them Jean Cocteau. The Reves continued to fill their home with their private art collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern works (including Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Honoré Daumier, Auguste Rodin). In 1983 the whole collection was donated to Dallas Museum of Art.
This is a fascinating insight into both a remarkable art collection and a remarkable house - Winston Churchill was a frequent guest after the Second World War.
This book explores the history of Wendy and Emery Reves’ French Riviera home, Villa La Pausa, and reveals how the Dallas Museum of Art became one of the most important repositories in the world of Coco Chanel’s memorabilia. Written by the DMA’s Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Olivier Meslay, with Martha MacLeod, MA Art History, Curatorial Administrative Assistant for the European and American Art Department. From Chanel to Reves is only available at the DMA Museum Store.