Francis Luis Mora

(1874-1940)

Francis Luis Mora was the son of the Spanish sculptor Domingo Mora and studied under his father before attending the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the Art Students League. Mora was an illustrator and muralist whose work reflected a blend of Spanish and Modern American influence. By the age of 18 Mora was illustrating leading periodicals. Two years later he began exhibiting his work and in 1900 he commissioned to paint a mural for the public library in Lynn, MA. Mora also painted a mural of the Michigan State Building for the St. Louis Exposition. His paintings usually depicted leisurely life, interiors and seascapes. Mora worked in oil, watercolor, charcoal and pastel. He painted the portrait of President Warren Harding with still hangs in the White House. He had a very successful career as an artist and teacher. He taught classes at the ASL, Grand Central School of Art and the New York School of Art. Mora died in 1940.