"Even though it happened in France, it was all somehow an American experience." - Gerald Murphy
We’ve just reissued Calvin Tomkins’ Living Well Is the Best Revenge, the now-classic account of the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American expatriates in 1920s France who counted Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald as friends.
These photos, taken by the Murphys, shows Picasso with his first wife, Olga, who had been a dancer with the Diaghilev company, and Picasso on the beach, c. 1923.
[Sara and Gerald Murphy Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library © Estate of Honoria Murphy Donnelly/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY]