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Razor, 1924

Gerald Murphy

Dallas Museum of Art

During a brief seven-year career, Gerald Murphy created an extraordinarily cohesive, mature body of work. In Razor, the bold, simplified forms of the matchbox, safety razor, and fountain pen showcase his training in mechanical drawing, as well as his interest in the flattened space of cubist painting. Similar everyday objects can be seen in the still-life compositions of his friends Pablo Picasso and George Braque, but for Murphy they had a personal resonance: Razor features a pen designed by the Murphy family company, Mark Cross, and a safety-razor prototype that Murphy developed.

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