Abby M. Taylor Fine Art LLC is dedicated to exceptional American and European paintings, works on paper and sculpture. AMTFINEART is the name the gallery uses on a daily basis. The gallery has an extensive inventory and is renowned for its sculpture department.
The strength and uniqueness of the gallery is its diverse inventory. Few galleries can effectively approach handling the cross section of American and European paintings and sculptures from the 19th century forward. Below are the movements within this framework in which the gallery has inventory.
Hudson River School
American Academic & Expatriot
Symbolist & Pre-Raphaelite
Select Contemporary Works
Francis Luis MoraBiography of the Artist
Francis Luis Mora
Spanish Shawls (Rosemary)
Oil on canvas
72 x 35 ½ inches
Framed: 79 ¼ x 44 ¼ inches
Signed lower left: F. Luis Mora and titled on verso: Spanish Shawls
Collection of Kathyrn Heck, Weston, Connecticut Gift from the artist to the parents of the above who were the owners of a grocery store next door to the house of the artist.
Francis Luis Mora
Francis Luis Mora was one of the great American artists of late 19th and early 20th centuries. His illustrations were found in magazines and periodicals such as Harper's Weekly, Scribner's and Century Magazine. In 1903, along side Robert Henri, Mora taught a class at Bayport on the South Shore and another class at Good Ground in 1904. Both classes were identified as continuations of Chase's Shinnecock School. As well as teaching these classes, Mora also taught and exhibited extensively at the Art Students League of New York. Born in Uruguay in 1874, his family moved to America when he was a child. His father, Domingo Mora, was a well-known Spanish artist who gave his son his early artistic training. Mora also attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School where he studied drawing and painting under Frank Benson and Edmund Trabell. Later he studied under H. Siddens Mowbray at the Art Students League in New York City. As did most promising artists of the time, Mora traveled to Europe to study the great paintings of the Old Masters. The influence of the Spanish Masters, especially Velazquez, is evident in Mora's choice of subject matter and style throughout his career. "Perhaps it is these very conflicting conditions in the life of Mr. Luis Mora that have evolved the unusual quality of his art, an art essentially Spanish in subject and feeling and wholly modern and American in expression…(Craftsm, 17:402)." Over two hundred of Mora's sketchbooks are conserved at the Archives of American Art. The particular sketchbooks from which the exhibited drawings are derived can be dated back to the early 20th century when Mora resided in Gaylordsville, Connecticut, New York City, and briefly in Carmel, California. Mora was also commissioned to paint the portraits of Andrew Carnegie and President Warren G. Harding, both of which hang in the White House.