Friday, March 5, 2010

The Making of a Masterpiece - 10

The Angel of the Battlefield

Clara Barton with Walt Whitman at Chatham, December 1862


Beyond the courage and compassion that she showed on the battlefield, Clara Barton’s greatest feat was the founding of the American Red Cross. According to their website, “Barton's legacy is reflected in the volunteers and services provided daily by the American Red Cross today.” I hope this painting passes on to the viewer the emotions that I felt while painting it and is accepted as my personal tribute to Clara Barton and the entire nursing profession. What would we do without them? - Mort Künstler





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