Gerald Murphy with Pablo Picasso on the Riviera
Listen to Krys Boyd interview Amanda Vail, author of Everybody Was So Young, the biography of Gerald and Sara Murphy, the couple at the heart of the current DMA exhibition, Making It New. F. Scott Fitzgerald told their story in his novel, Tender Is the Night. Philip Barry captured some of the couple’s charm in The Philadelphia Story. Archibald MacLeish told part of the story — the sad, last part — in his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, JB.
The story of Gerald and Sara Murphy is part of the legend of the Lost Generation, its glamour and tragedy. What’s not so well known are Gerald’s paintings. Only seven survive of the 14 he created. But there’s something more – something intangible yet lingering: the way the Murphys lived.
You can also listen to Jerome Weeks’ feature on the exhibition: