Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meet Mort Künstler - Exhibit Opening: Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure

Opening Event
Saturday, November 15, 2014
6 to 8:30.p.m.
Comments at 6:30 p.m. by Mort Künstler

A reception will follow, including refreshments and a cash bar.
Members free, not-yet members $20.
RSVP by November 7
413.931.2264 or

Known for his meticulously researched historical paintings of the American Civil War and other subjects, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator whose romance, adventure, and sporting illustrations have engaged and entertained readers for five decades. Original artworks created for such popular twentieth century publications as True, Argosy, Men’s Story, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, American Weekly, and The Saturday Evening Post, as well as movie posters, book jackets, advertisements, and history paintings reflect diverse artistic genres and the evolution of a distinguished sixty year career.

Books and prints signed by Mr. Künstler will be available in the Museum store. At the request of the artist and his family, Mr. Künstler will not be signing books or prints at the opening. He will be signing prints and books on November 29th and March 7th at the Museum.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three Original Illustrations Up for Auction Oct. 17th

Three of Mort's early Men's Adventure original illustrations will be up for auction at the Heritage Auctions Illustration Art Signature Auction this Friday and Saturday. The auction will be held in New York from 10:00 AM October 17th thru October 18th. Internet bidding is now open.

Wipe Out the 11th Panzer Division
by Mort Künstler
Stag magazine, True Books Bonus story illustration, 1963
Gouache on board
16.5 x 25.5 in. (image)
Signed lower right
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed verso
This artwork was published in Stag magazine for the True Books Bonus interior story,
"Wipe Out the 11th Panzer Division!" by Sam Porter, pp. 22-23. Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.
Lot #72172

Gang Bustin' Game Warden
by Mort Künstler
True magazine illustration, April 1957
Gouache on board
17.375 x 20.125 in. (image)
Signed lower right
Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed verso
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.
Lot #72173

Seal Off the Nazis at Antwerp Harbor
by Mort Künstler
Stag magazine, True Book Bonus story illustration, April 1964
Gouache on board
16.5 x 25.5 in. (image)
Signed lower left
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed verso
This work was published as a two-page spread in Stag
magazine for the True Book Bonus interior story,
"Ranger Andy MacCloud's Do or Die Mission"
by W.J. Saber, April 1964, pp. 20-21.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
Lot #72174

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Kunstler Prints at Benefit Auction

It has just come to our attention that a reputable collector of Mort's prints has given a large collection of Mort's framed Civil War prints to Heritage Auction Galleries for the Texas State Historical Association Benefit Auction. 

The deadline for online bids is just hours away - at 10:00pm Central Time (or 11:00pm Eastern Time).   

These are beautifully framed prints. Your purchase will benefit a not for profit organization . 

here's the link: 

Beginnings in New Salem Up For Auction at Sotheby's

An original Künstler oil painting will be auctioned off tomorrow in New York at the Sotheby's American Paintings, Drawings, & Sculpture auction. Beginnings in New Salem depicts Abraham Lincoln waiting on Ann Rutledge, a relationship that would become part of American Folklore.

Sotheby's American Paintings, Drawings, & Sculpture Auction
October 2, 2014
10:00 AM EDT
New York

Beginnings in New Salem
Lot #104
Signed MKünstler and dated '87 (lower left)
oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches

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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.