Twilight Picnic


Ranchos de Taos Children's Year Portrait Domingo Mora Portrait Mrs. Mora Feeding Rosemary Mora Self Portrait 1897 A City Park Victorian Gentleman Rosemary's B-day Card Ancient Romans in USA Twilight Picnic World's Fair Mural  1 World's Fair Mural 2 Portrait Jo Mora

all works on this sub-website were produced by F. Luis Mora (1874-1940)

F. Luis Mora

Twilight Picnic, ca. 1905

oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches

Signed lower right

Condition:  Canvas is lined. Painting is clean and does not fluoresce under black light.

In newer wood frame with carvings and beading, outer size 22 x 28 inches

Note:  White spots are from the photography.  There are no spots on the painting.

F. Luis Mora painted many picnic scenes, and perhaps his best known is the monumental Shadows in the Orchard, 1910, that shares a title with and shows influences of Edmund C. Tarbell, who was Mora's teacher. 

Twilight Picnic, ca. 1905, shows his admiration for John F. Sloan (1871-1951), who was Mora's friend and contemporary.  In Sloan's well-known paintings, Easter Eve and Bleeker Street at Night, he uses a muted "Ashcan" palette lit  with shots of color. Sotheby's New York - Easter Eve

   Sotheby's New York - Bleeker Street, Saturday Night

John Sloan, Easter Eve                 F. Luis Mora, Twilight Picnic                                  John Sloan, Bleeker Street at night

Twilight Picnic has been in the same owner's hands since the early 1970s.  A small patch of sky shows it is evening with the sun already set. With a muted palette, Mora pictures his wife, Sonia Compton Mora (standing, left) and a group of friends. There are also Spanish-looking people who may have been visiting cousins.  We have seen Mora's separate portrait of the Spanish girl wearing the scarf.

Probably painted in Wrentham, Massachusetts on the shore of Lake Pearl -- where the Compton family rented cottages in the summers of the very early 20th century.  It is a chilly late summer/early autumn evening, where the group built a bonfire. They eat fruits and sweets while warming themselves with coffee (or cups of spirits).  Mora balances the composition with shots of orange from the bonfire, the fruit, the Spanish girl's scarf, and the carrot-colored hair of a standing figure. 

As is typical of Mora, the scene is not static.  It is full of action and the viewer can almost hear the conversations of stylish people enjoying a pleasant evening.  Please scroll down for larger pictures and detail shots.  Note:  The painting has an ACA Galleries label on the stretcher, but it was not exhibited or catalogued.






                                                        An ACA Galleries label is affixed to the stretcher, with the title, Picnic on the Beach.

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