Sara and Gerald Murphy are best remembered as the captivating American expatriates who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night. This exhibition explores the couple’s relationships with some of the pivotal figures in avant-garde circles in Paris in the 1920s. Their legendary style—modern in its apparent simplicity and freedom from stifling social regimentation—was a touchstone for many artists, writers, and musicians of the period—among them their friends Fitzgerald, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Serge Diaghilev, and Jean Cocteau.
Gerald Murphy's seven surviving canvases are brought together here for the first time with paintings, watercolors, drawings, and photographs by artists within his circle—Picasso, Léger, Juan Gris, and Amédée Ozenfant. Also included are a series of watercolors dedicated to Gerald and Sara by Léger; and photographs of the Murphy family and its circle by Man Ray.
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