Artists: The Seven-Year Itch

The life mold of Gerald Murphy hardly seemed likely to form an artist. Andover-prepped, Yale-educated, Skull and Bones-tapped, Murphy was elected the best-dressed man in the class of 1911. He was so handsome and rich that F. Scott Fitzgerald patterned Dick Diver, the golden-boy hero of Tender Is the Night, after him. For 22 years, until his retirement in 1956, Murphy was president of Fifth Avenue's chic Mark Cross leather-goods store, which his father began. Until his death last week at 76, he never bought any modern art or hung anything more...

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