Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Making of a Masterpiece - The Final Painting

General Joshua L. Chamberlain returned to the slope of Little Round Top in 1913 – 50 years after the Battle of Gettysburg; shortly before his death he wrote this, “I went, it is not long ago, to stand again on that crest whose one day's crown of fire has passed into the blazoned coronet of fame...I sat there alone, on the storied crest, till the sun went down as it did before over the misty hills, and the darkness crept up the slopes, till from all earthly sight I was buried as with those before. But oh, what radiant companionship rose around, what steadfast ranks of power, what bearing of heroic souls. Oh, the glory that beamed through those nights and days...The proud young valor that rose above the mortal, and then at last was mortal after all."

I can only hope that this prequel Rush to the Summit proves to be as well-received as Chamberlain’s Charge. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine certainly deserve to be remembered – Mort Künstler

1 comment:

  1. I just purchased this giclee from your galary in Gettysburg. I am so thrilled to own it! This painting is just beautiful, the detail excellant. Gen. Chamberlain is a favorite of mine from the Civil War. Please keep him and the 20th Maine in mind when you do another!

    Katie Bay
    Norfolk, VA



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