Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11

Old Glory by Mort Künstler © 1986 Mort Künstler, Inc.



9/11



I will never forget my disbelief and shock when the planes hit the Twin Towers seventeen years ago. Like so many other people, we wanted to help in some way.  Of course, we donated money to the American Red Cross for the victims, but it just didn’t seem like enough.

Not long before this tragedy, my art publisher had made prints of my painting Old Glory as a promotion.  There were about eight hundred remaining.  After 9/11, I decided to hand-sign the prints, and give them to people in exchange for a $25.00 donation to the American Red Cross.

I arranged for print signings at the Oyster Bay and Rockville Centre, New York Post Offices. The outpouring of concern and sympathy was universal when I met people at these events. For me it was an act of doing something and being a part of an effort to overcome the suffering America was experiencing.  We gave away all of the prints in a short period of time, and a second printing of another six thousand was done. After an article was written about the prints in Newsday and information appeared on our website, we started receiving checks for the Red Cross in the mail – a lot of them! Our network of dealers across the country were accepting donations to the Red Cross for these prints as well. Donations came in from around the world.

Every morning before going to work, I would sign hundreds of prints. My family and studio assistant packed and mailed them.  A neighbor volunteered to pack prints for hours. Within weeks we were able to donate $200,000 for this good cause.

                                                             — Mort Künstler

Friday, October 20, 2017

Künstler Paintings at Heritage American Art Auction - Nov. 3, 2017

Heritage Auctions • American Art Signature Auction • Dallas • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017  11:00 pm CST/ 12:00 pm EST  Online bidding open now • Click on each image below for more information, or click here • Contact Aviva Lehmann at Heritage Auctions • (212) 486-3530  avival@ha.com




Stonewall and Mary Anna Jackson, Winchester, Va., Feb. 1, 1862
2003, oil on canvas, 26" x 38"
Lot #69177
I chose Winchester again as the setting for this painting of Stonewall and Mary Anna Jackson. It was the winter of 1861-62 that Jackson had established his headquarters there and brought his wife from Lexington. They had little time together during the war, and this was the single longest interlude that they enjoyed. He spent a lot of time that winter moving around Winchester, but he was able to have a precious moment or two with his wife. — Mort Künstler

Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 15, 1862
2010, oil on canvas, 23" x 34"
Lot # 69176

In December of 1862, the small town of Fredericksburg, Virginia bore witness to one of the most one-sided battles of the entire Civil War. After crossing the Rappahannock River and taking possession of the heavily shelled town, Federal troops were devastated during a series of futile assaults on an impenetrable area beyond the city.  Among the sea of bloody uniforms, a number of gray-clad wounded Confederate soldiers were caught behind enemy lines.  Clara Barton, "The Angel of the Battlefield," treated them with the same care and concern that she employed with the Union soldiers. The poet and journalist Walt Whitman was a frequent hospital volunteer and field aide during the war, and was there to assist Clara Barton after this battle. 



Paperback book covers
1982, oil on board, 17-1/2" x 23"
Lot #69025

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vintage Illustration Auction - October 13, 2017

Heritage Auctions • Illustration Art Signature Auction • Dallas • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 • 11:00 pm CST/ 12:00 pm EST  Online bidding open now • Click on each image below for more information, or click here • Contact Aviva Lehmann at Heritage Auctions • (212) 486-3530  avival@ha.com

Male magazine cover, July, 1959
1959, Gouache, 22-1/2" x 16-3/4"
Lot #71095



Stag magazine interior illustration January 1965
1965, Gouache, 17" x 25-12"
Lot #71096

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Three Auctions this Fall: Künstler Civil War Oil Paintings and Vintage Illustrations

Sotheby's • American Art Auction • New York • Friday, Oct. 6, 2017  • 10:00 am EST • Register to Bid • For more information contact Morgan Martin  at Sotheby's • (212) 606-7280 • morgan.martin@sotheby's.com

Irish Brigade at Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862
2012, oil on canvas, 20" x 42"
Lot #138

As one of the most renowned units of the American Civil War, the Irish Brigade served in the 1st Division of the Second Corps in the Army of the Potomac. Many military historians consider its performance under fire to be extraordinary and some even argue that it was the bravest division of the entire Union Army. 
With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam approaching, I decided to take the opportunity to paint the Irish Brigade. Although I had previously painted the famous "Fighting 69th" twice [Raise the Colors and Follow Me and Hancock the Superb] I still believed there was more to their story. I realized that instead of painting another battle scene, I could depict the brigade prior to battle. The center of attention in the painting is created by the exuberant action of General Thomas Meagher and Father William Corby.— Mort Künstler

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Heritage Auctions Illustration Art Signature Auction • Dallas • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 • 11:00 pm CST/ 12:00 pm EST  Online bidding open now Click on each image below for more information, or click here • Contact Aviva Lehmann at Heritage Auctions • (212) 486-3530  avival@ha.com 

Male magazine cover, July, 1959
1959, Gouache, 22-1/2" x 16-3/4"
Lot #71095



Stag magazine interior illustration January 1965
1965, Gouache, 17" x 25-12"
Lot #71096

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Heritage Auctions • American Art Signature Auction • Dallas • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017  Online bidding open soon  • Contact Aviva Lehmann at Heritage Auctions • (212) 486-3530  avival@ha.com 


Stonewall and Mary Anna Jackson, Winchester, Va., Feb. 1, 1862
2003, oil on canvas, 26" x 38"
I chose Winchester again as the setting for this painting of Stonewall and Mary Anna Jackson. It was the winter of 1861-62 that Jackson had established his headquarters there and brought his wife from Lexington. They had little time together during the war, and this was the single longest interlude that they enjoyed. He spent a lot of time that winter moving around Winchester, but he was able to have a precious moment or two with his wife. — Mort Künstler

Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 15, 1862
2010, oil on canvas, 23" x 34"

In December of 1862, the small town of Fredericksburg, Virginia bore witness to one of the most one-sided battles of the entire Civil War. After crossing the Rappahannock River and taking possession of the heavily shelled town, Federal troops were devastated during a series of futile assaults on an impenetrable area beyond the city.  Among the sea of bloody uniforms, a number of gray-clad wounded Confederate soldiers were caught behind enemy lines.  Clara Barton, "The Angel of the Battlefield," treated them with the same care and concern that she employed with the Union soldiers. The poet and journalist Walt Whitman was a frequent hospital volunteer and field aide during the war, and was there to assist Clara Barton after this battle. 



Paperback book covers
1982, oil on board, 17-1/2" x 23"



 

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