American, 1874–1940


F. Luis Mora was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Due to insurgency his family moved to Catalonia in 1877 and finally settled in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1880. At the age of fifteen he enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he studied under the American Impressionists Edmund Charles Tarbell and Frank Weston Benson. In 1892 Mora finished his education at the Art Students League of New York under Henry Siddons Mowbray.

In 1904 Mora was voted an Associate member of the National Academy of Design and was elected a full member in 1906. He won numerous medals and awards within the New York artistic community, including the Rothschild Prize, the Carnegie Prize, the Shaw Purchase Prize at the Salmagundi Club, and a gold medal at the Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco.

Mora taught at both William Merritt Chase's Chase School of Art and the Art Students League, where Georgia O'Keeffe was one of his students. During this time Mora also worked as an illustrator, producing work for several books and publications, including Harper's Weekly, Scribner's, The Century, Collier's, Sunday Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal.

In addition to his success as an easel painter and illustrator, Mora became a well known muralist. His notable commissions include the Lynn Public Library in Lynn, Massachusetts, the Missouri State Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World's Fair), Columbia College, the Governor's Mansion of New Jersey, the Red Cross, The Town Club and Bar in Manhattan, the 1939 New York World's Fair, and in the Sears family country home in Brookline, Massachusetts. He also enjoyed success as a portraitist whose notable subjects include Andrew Carnegie, Isadora Duncan, and President Warren G. Harding (posthumously). 

Museum Collections:
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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Paintings for sale

Francis Luis Mora Paintings Previously Sold

FRANCIS LUIS MORA    The Tennis Girl   Oil on canvas board 15 x 11½ inches (38 x 29.3 cm)  SOLD

The Tennis Girl
Oil on canvas board
15 x 11½ inches (38 x 29.3 cm)