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The Making of a Masterpiece: Phase 1 "…none to caress"

We are excited to announce the release of the fifth print in Mort Künstler’s “Tribute to the Legend” Series. It features Stonewall Jackson watching his VMI cadets march in formation in front of what is now Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. With Mort doing only four more paintings of the Civil War, it is likely that this is the last painting Mort will ever do of Jackson and the VMI cadets. Stay tuned for phases 2 and 3, and the exclusive online release on April 29. 

1. This is Mort’s final charcoal sketch before working on the canvas. Note the grid lines Mort drew to enable him to easily transfer the sketch to canvas. 

2. Mort has started to draw up the painting onto canvas.

3. A detail showing Jackson on Little Sorrel. Note the direction Jackson is looking. 

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Mort Künstler was obviously happy in this photo taken with Gary Libby, Curator, and John Surovek, Director of the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. It took place at the museum on the opening night, January 13, 1977, of the exhibition, “Mort Künstler: Master Illustrator.” It was the very first one-man show Mort Künstler had ever had!

Mort Künstler was obviously happy in this photo taken with Gary Libby, Curator, and John Surovek, Director of the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences. It took place at the museum on the opening night, January 13, 1977, of the exhibition, “Mort Künstler: Master Illustrator.” It was the very first one-man show Mort Künstler had ever had!

Dec 2

Original Künstler Civil War Oil Paintings Up for Auction

A rare opportunity to purchase two Künstler Civil War original oil paintings at auction is coming Dec. 5, 2013! Brief Encounter, depicting Middleburg, Virginia, in the midst of the Civil War in February 1863, shows a poignant scene in one of the most important locations of the War. The second painting, The Fighting 69th: Gen. Meagher and the Irish Brigade perfectly encapsulates the courage and honor of the “Fighting Irish” at the battle of Fredericksburg.

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Brief Encounter, Middleburg, Virginia, February 1863

MORT KÜNSTLER (American, b. 1931)
Brief Encounter, Middleburg, Virginia, February 1863
Signed and dated ©MKünstler ‘05 - signed and dated again and inscribed with title (on the stretcher)
Oil on canvas
28” x 38”
Lot #116
Estimated Price: $30,000-$50,000

Christie’s American Art Auction
Thursday, December 5, 2013
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

Visit the link below to view the ecatalogue.Brief Encounter is on page 210.

Click here for more information or to participate in the auction.

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The Fighting 69th: Gen. Meagher and the Irish Brigade, Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 2, 1862
MORT KÜNSTLER (American, b. 1931)
The Fighting 69th: General Meagher and the Irish Brigade, Fredericksburg, Virginia,
December 2, 1862
Signed and dated ©MKünstler ‘98 - signed and dated again and inscribed with title (on the stretcher)
Oil on canvas
26” x 48”
Lot #64122
Estimated Price: $30,000-$50,000

Heritage Auctions American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Signature Auction, 
Thursday, December 5, 2013
New York

Click here for more information or to participate in the auction.

The Making of “Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg” Phase 1

This is the first phase in the creation of Mort’s latest painting, “Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg”. These preliminary sketches are quite rough, drawn with charcoal on trace paper. Stay tuned for the rest of the progression of what Mort considers “…perhaps the most difficult painting in a long career of difficult paintings.” The completed painting will be posted this Saturday. The official release and print signing is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, from 11am to 3pm at King James Galleries in Gettysburg.

Oct 3

Wilbur Feltner's Collection of Mort Kunstler Paintings

Photos from Mort’s trip to Raleigh for a print signing and the release of the 2013 Annual Snow Print, Capitol Farewell, held at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Sep 8

Meet Mort Künstler in North Carolina

When: Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

Witness the official unveiling of Capitol Farewell, the third release in Künstler’s final “A Tribute to the Legend” series and the 2013 Annual Snow Print. Mr. Künstler will sign prints in the Museum Shop and other Künstler memorabilia will be available for purchase. 

"In 1995, I had my first one-man exhibition of original paintings at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. This was a special event where I unveiled and signed limited edition prints of the painting Winter Riders. That release was a huge success and after eighteen years, I will be having another show at the museum with more than thirty originals and another unveiling and print signing. What a pleasure this is for me, as my work continues to go full circle." -Mort Künstler


For Us the Living: The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler is coming to North Carolina! Opening August 23, the exhibit features over 30 original paintings Mort has selected from his personal collection. 
Capitol Farewell, the third painting in the A Tribute to the Legend series, will be unveiled especially for this exhibit.
Here’s a link to the press release from the North Carolina Museum of History: http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh/SeeourExhibits/CurrentExhibits/Kunstler.aspx

For Us the Living: The Civil War Art of Mort Künstler is coming to North Carolina! Opening August 23, the exhibit features over 30 original paintings Mort has selected from his personal collection. 

Capitol Farewell, the third painting in the A Tribute to the Legend series, will be unveiled especially for this exhibit.

Here’s a link to the press release from the North Carolina Museum of History: http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh/SeeourExhibits/CurrentExhibits/Kunstler.aspx

A few people have asked to see what is going on in Mort’s studio and what he has been up to lately. Mort has been working on new art for a book on the American Revolution. He has been rather productive - creating thirty new pieces in just a matter of months! We thought you would like to see some of them - here are ten small oil paintings. Two of them feature Raynham Hall, right here in Oyster Bay.

A few people have asked to see what is going on in Mort’s studio and what he has been up to lately. Mort has been working on new art for a book on the American Revolution. He has been rather productive - creating thirty new pieces in just a matter of months! We thought you would like to see some of them - here are ten small oil paintings. Two of them feature Raynham Hall, right here in Oyster Bay.