Monday, November 23, 2015

America Illustrated: Norman Rockwell and his Contemporaries

Christie's Online Auction Ends Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 2:00 p.m.

Five original Mort Künstler historical paintings will be auctioned tomorrow through Christie's Online Auction.  To bid or for more information: click here.

These paintings were created as First Day Issue commemorative covers for Fleetwood's series "Mort Künstler's Epic Events in American History" in 1985.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meet Mort Künstler in Gettysburg November 7th

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:30am - 3:30pm
King James Galleries of Gettysburg 
15 Baltimore Street Gettysburg, PA
For information: 855-855-1863

Mort will be signing the Official 2015 Annual Snow Print: "The Winds of Change."

When searching for a defining moment of the Revolution, Mort always thinks of George Washington at Valley Forge. This beautiful painting is the result of on-site research at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Friedrich Steuben, the new inspector general of the army, arrived at Valley Forge on February 23rd. He drew up and enforced a new manual of drill and training for the entire Continental army. By the time they left in June, they were smarter and better disciplined than ever before. This painting shows Steuben on foot talking with Washington, who has ridden up to see how the drilling of the troops is going.

Until now, this painting has only been reproduced in his book, The New Nation: The Creation of the United States in Paintings and Eyewitness Accounts, and his 2014 New Nation calendar.

Friday, October 9, 2015

WSU Brings Civil War Art Work of Mort Künstler to Ogden Utah

Press Release: September 28, 2015

OGDEN, Utah — Civil War stories, photographs, prints and paintings have captivated and inspired generations of Americans. Some of the most historically accurate paintings will be displayed in the Ogden Eccles Conference Center (2415 Washington Blvd.) from Oct. 15-17.

Several original works of famous Civil War artist Mort Künstler will be exhibited as part of the annual Lampros Lecture Series hosted by Weber State University’s Department of History. The exhibit, “Civil War Stories,” will be free and open to the public from noon-7 p.m. each day.

The artist will lecture on select pieces of art Oct. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center.

“Ogden is in for a real treat,” said Jack Lampros, chairman of the Stewart Education Foundation. “Mort Künstler is one of the premier Civil War artists. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us to see an artist of his stature come to Ogden and display his art.”

Lampros has always had an affinity for the Civil War, having grown up in Florida. The lecture series that bears his name has brought Civil War scholars to Ogden each year.

“My interest in the Civil War goes back a long way,” he said. “In my hometown there was a big statue of a confederate soldier in the courthouse square, and I used to see that every day as a boy growing up.”

The exhibit was made possible by a donation from the Stewart Education Foundation. The effort to bring Künstler became a possibility after WSU development director Nathan Clark and history professor Richard Sadler met an acquaintance of Künstler at a Civil War reenactment in Virginia. With the support of Frank Harrold, dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, they contacted the artist about bringing a show to Ogden.

  “He has shown his artwork in many museums in the east but was intrigued that a university out west wanted a showing,” Clark said.

Künstler’s fascination with the Civil War began in 1982 when he was commissioned by CBS to create a piece of artwork for the miniseries “The Blue and the Gray.” Six years later his painting “The High Water Mark” was unveiled at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the battle. That painting was sold to a private collector many years ago, but was recently repurchased by a Künstler representative and will be part of the Ogden exhibition.

“Every picture that Mort Künstler paints is a chapter out of the Civil War,” Lampros said. “It is like a whole story told in picture form.”
In addition to pieces on the Civil War, Künstler will also bring four pieces showcasing the American West, including his depiction of a famous Utah event.

In addition to pieces on the Civil War, Künstler will also bring four pieces showcasing the American West, including his depiction of a famous Utah event.

“One in particular that we wanted him to bring was his Golden Spike piece,” Clark said. “At one time, Mr. Künstler had been out here and seen the historical site, and it inspired him to recreate the scene in a painting.”
Künstler studied art in New York and California, where he received assignments from book and magazine publishers. He came to prominence in the early 1970s, generating the interest of art collectors, including former President Ronald Reagan. He has painted many important events in American history, from pre-colonial America to the launch of the space shuttle.

The annual Lampros Lecture is sponsored by Jack and Betty Lampros, the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of History.
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