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pronounce the name Luis as "Lu-ee" as he did.
2004. I am
Luis Moraís niece. He was married to my fatherís sister, my Aunt
Sophie, who Uncle Luis called Sonia. I prefer to remain anonymous
because I am a certain age, and my sight is almost gone. For all these years, I
have waited for somebody to take an interest in Uncle Luisí art. He
reached the top of his field despite many other good painters in his day.
vivid memories of Uncle Luis. He was a bundle of energy. He was cheerful,
witty, and he made us laugh. He had a studio over the garage at our home that
faced the water. Heíd paint scenes of people sailing on the bay, and he loved to
paint our family. He painted a portrait of me when I was two years old.
Luis was a compassionate man who also used his talents to paint the plight of
poor people. He valued diversity, and painted it often. He hated the Great War
that killed so many men, and he helped the war effort by designing outstanding
posters. Uncle Luis traveled often. He stored his paintings in our home before
1931, when we all suffered the death of my Aunt Sophie, his wife Sonia-mia.
Uncle Luis died when I was sixteen. Our
family tried to do the best for his paintings for Uncle Luis' memory, and for Rosemary's benefit.
She was Uncle Luis' daughter, my first cousin. She suffered horribly from
her parents' deaths. Our family, Uncle Luis' in-laws, werenít
in the art business.
Uncle Luis had his own style. He
was a Spanish-American Artist, now coined "Hispanic." Uncle Luis loved the
Spanish Old Masters and
he melded their techniques into American Modern Paintings. After Uncle Luis died, there was an
onslaught of interest in paintings with distorted figures, such as cubism, and
has mostly all died. I donít feel alone because I am surrounded by memories
from family heirlooms and Uncle Luis' paintings. I am not easy to find, but
Lynne Baron searched for me. I am happy to help her plan an exhibition of Uncle
Luis' art. Iíve stored Luisí letters and papers all these years for just this
purpose. I am deeply touched that Uncle Luisí art and legacy will finally
come alive, thanks to
Lynne. Itís about time.