Falk Art Reference
of Madison, CT announces the release of a groundbreaking biography,
F. Luis Mora: America’s First Hispanic Master (1874-1940)
by Lynne Pauls Baron.
Also included are essays by Laurene Buckley, Ph.D.; M. Elizabeth
Boone, Ph.D.; and the book’s editor, Peter Hastings Falk. This
comprehensive, hard cover book has 344 pages. It is lavishly
illustrated with 350 plates, half in color, many of which have never
before seen by the public.
F. Luis Mora was born in Uruguay, the son of the Catalonian
sculptor, Domingo Mora, and a cultured French mother, Laura
Gaillard. He was related to the Cuban Bacardi family, famous for its
rum.. Mora’s family immigrated to America in 1880 before he could
speak English. Yet, at fifteen he was one of the youngest students
to train at the venerable Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. In New
York, he soon earned a distinguished career as an easel painter,
portraitist, muralist, and illustrator for the finest magazines of
his era. He was also a popular teacher initially hired by the
master of American Impressionism, William Merritt Chase, who became
his mentor. Mora won almost every award and medal that was
possible for an American artist. Today, his works are held in
thirty-four major art museums.
Lynne Baron’s book is enriched by her years of exhaustive research.
She uses extensive quotes from the artist’s dairies and personal
letters, providing intimate glimpses into the life and works of a
painter recognized by critics as one of the leading artists of his
Peter Falk notes, “Only a tiny fraction of the 65,000 artists listed
in my Who Was Who in American Art have Hispanic roots. Fewer
still are those Hispanics who won significant critical recognition.
In 1906, Mora was the first Hispanic elected to the prestigious
National Academy of Design, likely its youngest member ever.”
Professor William Gerdts agrees, adding that “Mora was an artist of
exceptional ability, too long overlooked in the history of twentieth
century American art.”
After chronicling the
stunning career of an important artist who
never forgot his roots, Baron
answers the most relevant question: Why did Mora slip into
A former multinational financial analyst, Baron skillfully weaves
into Mora’s biography the realities of the tumultuous political and
economic environment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
wars, economic panics, and finally the Great Depression. She also
plumbs Mora’s deepest personal tragedy in 1931, when in
despair he attempted to bury all of his paintings.
Baron underscores Mora’s international focus and his life-long goal
to bring the techniques of the Spanish Old Masters into modern
American painting. He traveled extensively through Spain; and later,
he traveled throughout the American Southwest capturing village
scenes, inspired by the Hispanic-Native American culture. Throughout
Mora’s work, the Hispanic spirit is the common thread of this most
unusual of American masters.
F. Luis Mora: America’s First Hispanic Master,
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