Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Making of a Masterpiece: Respect of an Army Phase 5

In Phase 5 of The Making of a Masterpiece: “Respect of an Army” Mort has begun to paint in some more figures – Gen. U.S. Grant and Lt. Col. Charles Marshall, Lee’s aide-de-camp – and Lee’s horse, Traveller. Limited Edition Artist's Proof prints will be available on our website this Friday.


Monday, March 2, 2015

The Making of a Masterpiece: Respect of an Army Phase 4


Here you can see the progress Mort has made with painting specific members of Grant’s staff on the steps of the McLean House. At the end of this progression, we will post the photographs of the actual people who were present. In the detail here, it is easy to identify who is who.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Making of a Masterpiece: Respect of an Army Phase 3


Mort has painted the members of the Union army on the left in front of the Appomattox Court House, has begun painting the McLean House on the right.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Making of a Masterpiece: Respect of an Army Phase 2


“While many artists have painted that event, none that I know of have ever shown the McLean House and Appomattox County Courthouse in the same scene. By walking around the property and studying maps I came up with this viewpoint, which does just that. I then finally decided to at least attempt to emulate Tom Lovell by trying to capture the likenesses of as many of the characters as possible that were verified to have been there. Chief Historian Patrick Schroeder of Appomattox Court House National Park was of immeasurable help, supplying photos, maps, and drawings, and helping me solve the various problems that came up during the work on the painting." – Mort Künstler
 Here you can see the gridlines drawn directly onto the canvas with some of the drawing done. Then you can see the canvas completely drawn up.





With just a little bit of the canvas painted on, you can see that the blue sky with puffy clouds set the tone of the painting.
 

All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Knstler, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright 2001-2011. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.