Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hill Drive
July 8 through November 11
Picasso, Cocteau, Hemmingway, Diagalev, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leger, Cole Porter, Archibald MacLeish, and Man Ray, all shared a friendship with a wily and outlandish American couple, Sara and Gerald Murphy.
The Murphys were cultural bees buzzing across the Atlantic as champions of American Jazz and lovers of the new, innovative, excitingly different, fashionably chic, and the provocative that percolated in the salons, studios, and bistros of Parisian France in the ‘20’s.
These mavens of the modern were reputedly the inspiration for the American couple maligned in “Tender is the Night,” one of Fitzgerald’s last novels. Wealthy, iconoclastic, stylish, living on the fringe in the south of France and breaking all the rules, Fitzgerald’s fictional couple mirror the real-life Murphys.