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The Moras left Montevideo, Uruguay
during an insurgency in 1977. Luis Mora was three years old, and his brother,
Joseph Jacinto Mora (Jo Mora 1876-1947) was one. They
first went to Barcelona, and came to the United States in 1880.
(1840-1911) entered the country to work exhibit with his Catalonian
friends in New York, where they had a group exhibition at the Reichert Gallery in 1880. Subsequently he was hired as Design Director for the
Perth Amboy Terra
Cotta Company, which was contracted to decorate the Metropolitan Opera Building in Manhattan.
The Mora family moved to Perth Amboy New Jersey, where Luis and Jo Mora were
raised. They were educated in New Jersey in private academies,
until the family moved to Mass. Luis Mora attended
public high school in Allston, MA, and entered the Boston Museum School of Art in
1889, where he studied for "three seasons."
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Mora painted his brother Jo's portrait, below.. Jo Mora (Joseph Jacinto Mora
1876-1947) was a noted California artist. Jo is shown dressed as a cowboy, with Five-Gallon Hat, bandanna, and western shirt.
From Left, F. Luis, Jo, Jo's wife and daughter Patty in Jo's Pebble
Beach studio, circa 1915. In his letters, F. Luis refers to Jo as
"the big kid" as Jo was 3 years younger and a larger man.
Luis Mora's self-portrait,
nelow, was found in poor condition. Mora's estate oils were
restored by Tom Yost Art Conservation, Oxford, CT. The self
portrait depicts Luis in his 30s, circa 1905 to 1910.
A partial inscription remains.
F. Luis Mora, self-portrait, oil on
linen, 42 x 42 inches, circa 1910.
Collection, the artist's estate