Francis Luis Mora Figurative Painting - Prayer of the Women
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Francis Luis Mora
Prayer of the Women

1918

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A large and poignant oil painting by the Spanish-born American artist and illustrator Francis Luis Mora. This moving and expressive artwork was created as the frontispiece for the December 1918 issue of Red Cross Magazine. As published this appeared atop moving poetry by Sara Teasdale reflecting on the mighty suffering and loss World War I had inflicted on the women left behind on the American home front during the bloody conflict. A complete copy of the printed magazine with illustrated work is included in the sale. This historically significant painting was commissioned for print use shortly before the Armistices that ended conflict, and in fact, the piece represents a strange limbo in America. Though by December 1918 the war had ended, the magazine went to the presses too early to reflect this fact. From the home front cover on the magazine that was created by Jessie Willcox Smith to the Prayer of the Women, the Red Cross Magazine presents a glimpse into the shift between war and peace, and the uneasy mournfulness that accompanied it. In his depiction of two generations of American women with their eyes turned towards the angels, Mora captures this unique point in history, and the tragedy that always accompanies war. From the Charles Martignette estate, the text portion that appears in the printed frontispiece usage of the illustration (lower left in the painted blank window) has been overlaid on a clear sheet of removable transparent thin plastic. "The Prayer of the Women" by Sarah Teasdale -- "Hear us, father, we are the millions of women. We are the homeland army, the patient ones. Take the work of our hands, take our secret weeping. We who have given our husbands, our brothers our sons. Make our courage clear as herald angels' singing; Keep our hopes high as the star that stood above - A mother leaning, long ago, over a manger cradle.... The strength of men is their might, but a woman's strength is love." Signed LL. Sight Size 30" x 41 1/2" Framed 36" x 47 1/2"

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 47.5 in. x W 36 in.H 120.65 cm x W 91.44 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Reference Number
    LU1222458762
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