Monday, February 22, 2010

The Making of a Masterpiece - 1

The Angel of the Battlefield

Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 1862

I knew of Chatham. I saw it from Fredericksburg, on the other side of the Rappahannock, but I had never gone there. Also known as the Lacy House during the Civil War, I finally had a chance to visit the National Park Service site last year and was immediately taken with its beauty, location and history. – Mort Künstler

Mort draws preliminary sketches trying to come up with his concept, and the right angle and perspective. Some of these drawings may be as small as six inches in width.

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