Fourth of July

Francis Luis Mora (1874–1940)


Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.405

Francis Luis Mora was born in Uruguay and immigrated to the United States when he was six. He began his artistic training with his father, the well-known South American sculptor Domingo Mora (1840-1911), and continued with Boston impressionists, such as Edmund Tarbell (1862–1938). In 1910, Mora became vice president of the Art Students League in New York City, and he later taught at William Merritt Chase’s New York Art Academy and the Grand Central School of Art. Fourth of July is a study for a mural that Mora painted at the Perth Amboy Yacht Club in around 1915.