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Francis Luis Mora "Rancho de Taos"
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Francis Luis Mora
1874 - 1940
Rancho de Taos, 1931

Signed 'F. Luis Mora' ll, Verso also bears signature, title, and artists studio stamp
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Exhibited: National Academy of Design, 1936

Provenance:
Gift of the artist to Dr.Nelson Hume in 1936.
By descent to Dr. Hume's wife, May Desjardins Hume
By descent to son David D. Hume, in 1970.

Condition: 100% original. Craquelure in the left sky area, measuring ~6 x 6 inches.
Frame: inner white wood, outer gold leaf, overall size 39 x 51 inches.

F. Luis Mora, made excursions to the Southwest in 1908, 1911, 1927, 1931, 1933 to 1934, painting in California, Arizona and New Mexico. This oil painting, entitled Ranchos de Taos, was painted during his 1934 trip and exhibited two years later at the National Academy of Design, where he had exhibited six western paintings since 1928.

Luis was the elder brother of Joseph Jacinto (Jo) Mora [1876-1947], also a painter and sculptor, who in 1903 left Boston to settle in California. Their father was the sculptor, Domingo Mora [1840-1911] who designed the decorations for the Palace Theatre in San Francisco, now a national landmark.

Luis focused on the indigenous peoples of the Southwest and he exhibited the first in this series, "A Mother of the Turquoise Land," at the National Academy in 1928. The painting depicts a Native American holding her baby in Madonna-like pose. He continued to exhibit other large works at the National Academy, which reflect his immersion with the spirituality of the region and its people, including "Navajo Family" (subtitled "The Aristocrats") in 1934; "Taos Incident" in 1935; and, "Ranchos de Taos" in 1936.

The background of "Ranchos de Taos" was likely painted en plein-air, capturing sunlight breaking through a cloudy sky and dappling the small settlement and distant desert landscape. The mother’s shawl shelters her baby from the sun, while her young son happily walks by her side with boyish energy.

Lynne Pauls Baron, Author of Francis Luis Mora: a Catalogue Raisonee, forthcoming.
Peter Hastings Falk, Author of Who was Who in American Art, 1656 to 1975, Soundview Press, 1999.

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Condition

Condition: 100% original. Craquelure in the left sky area, measuring ~6 x 6 inches.
Frame: inner white wood, outer gold leaf, overall size 39 x 51 inches.

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Francis Luis Mora "Rancho de Taos"

Estimate $25,000 - $30,000
Dec 16, 2006
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0055: Francis Luis Mora "Rancho de Taos"

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Est. $25,000 - $30,000Starting Price $12,000
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Description
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Francis Luis Mora
1874 - 1940
Rancho de Taos, 1931

Signed 'F. Luis Mora' ll, Verso also bears signature, title, and artists studio stamp
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Exhibited: National Academy of Design, 1936

Provenance:
Gift of the artist to Dr.Nelson Hume in 1936.
By descent to Dr. Hume's wife, May Desjardins Hume
By descent to son David D. Hume, in 1970.

Condition: 100% original. Craquelure in the left sky area, measuring ~6 x 6 inches.
Frame: inner white wood, outer gold leaf, overall size 39 x 51 inches.

F. Luis Mora, made excursions to the Southwest in 1908, 1911, 1927, 1931, 1933 to 1934, painting in California, Arizona and New Mexico. This oil painting, entitled Ranchos de Taos, was painted during his 1934 trip and exhibited two years later at the National Academy of Design, where he had exhibited six western paintings since 1928.

Luis was the elder brother of Joseph Jacinto (Jo) Mora [1876-1947], also a painter and sculptor, who in 1903 left Boston to settle in California. Their father was the sculptor, Domingo Mora [1840-1911] who designed the decorations for the Palace Theatre in San Francisco, now a national landmark.

Luis focused on the indigenous peoples of the Southwest and he exhibited the first in this series, "A Mother of the Turquoise Land," at the National Academy in 1928. The painting depicts a Native American holding her baby in Madonna-like pose. He continued to exhibit other large works at the National Academy, which reflect his immersion with the spirituality of the region and its people, including "Navajo Family" (subtitled "The Aristocrats") in 1934; "Taos Incident" in 1935; and, "Ranchos de Taos" in 1936.

The background of "Ranchos de Taos" was likely painted en plein-air, capturing sunlight breaking through a cloudy sky and dappling the small settlement and distant desert landscape. The mother’s shawl shelters her baby from the sun, while her young son happily walks by her side with boyish energy.

Lynne Pauls Baron, Author of Francis Luis Mora: a Catalogue Raisonee, forthcoming.
Peter Hastings Falk, Author of Who was Who in American Art, 1656 to 1975, Soundview Press, 1999.

  • All works are framed unless noted otherwise.
  • New bidders must place a credit card number on file with the gallery before bidding.
  • Please read the Terms & Conditions section before bidding on this auction.
Condition
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<p>Condition: 100% original. Craquelure in the left sky area, measuring ~6 x 6 inches.<br />Frame: inner white wood, outer gold leaf, overall size 39 x 51 inches.</p>

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