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Moro, Paul

(1886-1953) Paul Moro was born in Bettola, Italy and attended the Scuola delle Belle Arte in Rome. In 1909, he settled in New York, working in a restoration studio and making paintings for patrons who wanted copies of antique works. Moro at first exhibited with other Italian artists and then independently in Washington Square and at the New York Academy of Design. He opened his own art restoration studio, and after his marriage in 1915 moved to the Bronx, painting in the parks by the Bronx Zoo and Bronx Botanical Garden. In 1925 the family moved to Peekskill, New York, and many of the paintings after this date are likewise set in the areas surrounding this home. Moro spent several summers painting in the town of Dennis on Cape Cod. He frequently painted scenes based on his home life and family activities. As his restoration business grew, Moro had less time for painting, and his final exhibit was at held at the New York Academy of Design in 1934. Moro briefly commenced painting again during a 1948 trip to Italy, but this interlude was fleeting. In 1964 the Florence Lewison Gallery held a posthumous exhibition of Moro’s work. Some of his works were purchased by the Hirschhorn Museum of Washington D.C., but over the years much of his work was re-acquired by the family. In 1999 Roger King Fine Art of Newport was selected to represent Paul Moro’s estate.

Title: Floral Still Life
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 26" x 16"