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LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE. New edition. Calvin Tomkins. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. Original edition published 1971 by Viking Press, New York. 152 pp. with 73 ills. (6 col.). 21 x 15 cm. LC 2013-949360 ISBN 9780870708978 In English.
Publisher's description: First published in 1971 and now available for a younger generation with a new introduction by the author, Living Well Is the Best Revenge is Calvin Tomkins' now-classic account of the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American expatriates who formed an extraordinary circle of friends in France during the 1920s. First in Paris and then in the seaside town of Antibes, they played host to a cast of some of the most memorable artists and writers of the era, including Cole Porter, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It was in Paris that Gerald Murphy first encountered Cubist painting, which prompted him to embark on an all-too-brief career as a painter -- roughly from 1922 to 1929 -- during which he produced 15 works, seven of which survive, and every one of which is a unique American modernist masterpiece... Despite the brevity of Murphy's oeuvre, the intensity of its conception and its recently acknowledged status as a crucial precedent to Pop art have elevated Murphy's reputation considerably. In 1974, The Museum of Modern Art mounted the first Gerald Murphy retrospective. Illustrated with nearly 70 photographs from the Murphys' family album and with a special section on Murphy's paintings, Living Well presents a fascinating Lost Generation chronicle as charming and enticing as the couple themselves.
Artist(s):Murphy, Gerald
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 158982
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