F. Luis Mora (1874 – 1940) was a Hispanic American figure painter, working in watercolor, oil, and tempera. He also produced drawings done in pen & ink and graphite. He is most known for his depictions of american life in the early 1900’s.
Mora was born in 1874 in Uruguay. His father was a sculptor from Catalonia and his mother a cultured French woman. The Moras left Uruguay in 1877 for Catalonia. Then in 1880, they arrived in New York City.
Luis was always drawing and creating watercolors as a child. At the age of 15, he enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, later studying at the prestigious Art Student’s League of New York.
Later, Mora taught illustratioon and life drawing classes. One of his most famous students was Georgia O’Keefe. He also gained fame as a muralist and portraitis. His painting of President Harding is on permanent display in the White House.
F. Luis Mora had numerous exhibits of his work throughout the United States in museums and galleries. His work is in the collections of over 30 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New Yrok, the Phoenix Art Museum the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, and our own Customs House Museum.
Our collection of little drawings was given by Tom Braumbough in 1986. We will be exhibiting a selection of these in the Orgain Gallery for the month of March.