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I am Lynne Baron, Coordinator of The
F. Luis Mora Project.
Mora's artistry impressed me when I was consigned an
estate portfolio of his early
drawings and watercolors in 2003. Searching for information about this
artist, I found only brief biographical
comments in reference books. Perplexed, I inquired why this artist was not
highly recognized. Nobody seemed to know. I endeavored
to research this forgotten artist. To find a living link to Mora, for more than six
months I read old newspapers where he lived and painted -- CT, NY and NJ. Eventually I found an article about his niece in a New Jersey weekly.
On the walls of Mora's family home, where his niece still
resides, there were impressive family portraits.
In the basement lay the fragile remains of Luis Mora’s estate,
including Mora's monumental self-portrait, and the life-size oil of
sultry Salome which was in shreds. An unfinished portrait of
Jo Mora, F. Luis Mora's brother, had charcoal lines were his five
gallon hat was to be painted larger but never was.
Forty oil paintings, of which
twelve were monumental or life-size, and hundreds of watercolors,
pastels and drawings had been disintegrating under newspapers dated
that the major oils required extensive conservation, Mora’s niece kindly
her remaining cache of minor works. They were resold to pay for the
conservation of the estate pieces for exhibition.
In April 2005, ACA
Galleries mounted a show of Mora's works from his estate and from other
sources. As Mora's works are brought into the public domain, art collectors are
enthralled and they wonder why
Mora has been disregarded. Curators and scholars have been enthusiastic and
helpful. Call this a Labor of Love, but I am compelled to see
that F. Luis Mora regains his recognition. It is inconceivable that for
sixty-five years this fascinating artist has been relegated to
With deepest gratitude to the outstanding
people involved in this endeavor: Luis Mora's niece, Mora estate attorney George Boyd, Esq.,
and the artist's friends David Hume and siblings. Jeffrey Bergen and
Mikaela Lamarche at ACA Galleries are to be commended
www.acagalleries.com A very special tribute for the
expertise of M. Elizabeth Boone Ph.D., Laurene Buckley Ph.D., Peter Falk and
Benjamin Ortiz. And I send appreciation for the friendship that F. Luis
Mora's collectors have shown me.
Lynne Pauls Baron
of The F. Luis Mora Project