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From the age of twelve years old, F. Luis
Mora traveled to Spain every few years. As an
adult, Mora obtained permits to copy the Spanish masters in El Museo
and he also rented a studio to fulfill commissions. Art dealers
Alfred Stieglitz and William Macbeth were his primary patrons for
Spanish paintings. Mora also had solo shows of his works from Spain at
the Knoedler Gallery and Thompson Gallery in New York City.
Luis Mora often
studied and copied the works of the Spanish masters in the Prado. He
was strongly influenced by Velazquez. and Mariano Fortuny I. His copy of
a Velazquez masterpiece, young Prince Baltasar Carlos, hangs on the wall. This scene was painted in the artist's studio in Manhattan,
reflecting Mora's international vision of himself. In his self
portrait, the artist is dressed as Velazquez. He is surrounded by
artifacts from various periods, a classical Roman sculpture, and an
antique Japanese warrior. Silk Spanish shawls
hang on racks.
The Fortune Teller, 1905, oil on
canvas, 60 x 48 inches. Signed, dated, and inscribed "Madrid."
Collection, Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
The Fortune Teller
won a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, held
at The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1915.
It was published in Galleries of
the Exhibition by Eugen Neuhaus, Paul Elder & Company, 1915.
The Black Mantilla, oil on canvas, 22
x 18 inches, circa 1915, Private Collection.
Study for Fantasy of Goya, 1916, pastel on paper,
21 x 17 inches. Study for oil painting with the same name, 1909.
(Whereabouts of the oil is unknown.)
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