Gerald Murphy's Bibliothèque
In the 1920s, Yale-educated Gerald Murphy epitomized the modern American. He and his wife, Sara, are perhaps best remembered as the captivating expatriates who inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night
. Murphy was a brilliant and inventive painter, but, regrettably, only seven of his canvases survive. The Gallery is fortunate to have in its collection Murphy's Bibliothèque
. In this Art Talk episode, Elyse discusses the painting with a curator, poet, and conservator, who contribute unique perspectives.
Bibliothèque is on view during the exhibition Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, through January 13, 2008, and again during the special exhibition Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy, February 26–May 4, 2008.
Featuring: Elyse Nelson, Yale College ’09; Helen A. Cooper, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery; Nancy Kuhl, Associate Curator of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and Mark Aronson, Chief Paintings Conservator, Yale Center for British Art.
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