Portrait of Mrs. George K. Meyer
Francis Luis Mora ( American, 1874 - 1940 )
When he painted this portrait in 1923, F. Luis Mora was a leading figure in the American art scene and his sitter had served as the President of the Dallas Art Association for fourteen years. Mrs. George K. Meyer (Sallie Griffis) continued to lead the DAA until 1926 and advocated for Texas artists until the end of her life in 1933. That year, Mora's painting, alongside Allie V. Tennant's bronze likeness of Meyer (1933.23), were on display in the DAA Gallery to commemorate decades of service to the Dallas arts community.
Mora was born in Uruguay to a Spanish father and French mother who had immigrated to South America. When Mora was three, his sculptor father returned the family temporarily to Barcelona, Spain, before permanently settling in New York in 1880. Mora studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Art Students League in New York with Edmund Charles Tarbell, Frank W. Benson, and William Merritt Chase. During the early 20th century, he enjoyed a long and successful career as a portraitist, popular illustrator, and painter of Spanish-inflected subjects.
William Keyse Rudolph, DMA Label copy (1910.3), July 2008.