The Heckscher Museum of Art
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Sunday, April 12, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mort Künstler will be signing limited edition prints of Respect of an Army.
Prints and books will be available for purchase. If you are unable to attend the event we ship your purchase.
The Heckscher Museum of Art is pleased to announce the release of Respect of an Army limited edition print by Mort Künstler, Sunday, April 12, 2015. The original painting will be on view from Saturday, April 11, through Sunday, April 19.
“My all-time favorite Civil War painting is the surrender scene painted for National Geographic in the April 1965 issue (pp. 464-465.) It shows Robert E. Lee signing the peace treaty in the parlor of the McLean House. The compassion and respect of General Grant and the Union officers in the room is apparent and very moving. What makes the painting even better are the likenesses of all the characters in the scene. This is an incredibly difficult chore for an artist, and my late friend Tom Lovell (1909-1997) made the painting a tour de force for his talents.
“I’ve known for some time that I would do the surrender scene for the 150th Anniversary of Appomattox. The problem was I did not know what I would paint. I always like to do something that no one else has done, and Appomattox has been painted thousands of times by hundreds of artists. Added to that was the fact that I had already done two paintings of the subject and I certainly was not going to attempt to do the same scene that my friend and idol had done so masterfully. I had already painted Lee riding back through Confederate lines on April 9 after the signing – Lovell’s painting is the actual signing. That left the time when Lee departed the McLean house and passed through the lines." – Mort Künstler
In Phase 6 of The Making of a Masterpiece: “Respect of an Army” you can see that Gen. U.S. Grant has been painted and Mort has begun painting Lee and Traveller. You can also see a little more clearly the dramatic shadow the MacLean House is casting on the whole scene. The drama of the moment is truly coming to life.
Considered one of America’s greatest historical artists, Mort Künstler has become well known for the extraordinary authenticity and drama of his work. Mr. Künstler has created paintings that educate and enrich the viewer’s understanding of some of the most important events in American history.
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