The procession that followed the caisson was made up of the Stonewall Brigade, wounded warriors, dozens of honorary pallbearers, the entire Cadet Corps, officials from every level of government, thousands of civilians, men women and children, Confederate officers, family and friends. - Mort Künstler
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Virginia Military Institute is the oldest state-supported military college and one of six senior military colleges in the United States. Today, evidence of the legacy of General Jackson can be found all over the grounds in the form of statues and inscriptions.
The viewer can now see the VMI Barracks to the left. To the right is the statue of George Washington.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Major General F.H. Smith, the superintendent at VMI, issued a declaration to his students that stated, “Surely the Virginia Military Institute has a precious inheritance in the memory of General Jackson. His work is finished. God gave him to us, and to his country. He fitted him for his work, and when his work was done He called him to Himself.”
I chose the moment on Friday morning, May 15th, when the casket was brought out through the Washington Arch and loaded onto the caisson. It was a day of somber pageantry; the day of the funeral and burial. – Mort Künstler
Everything in Mort Künstler’s paintings has been researched. Mort reads and consults the experts in various fields to make his paintings as accurate as possible. When there is absolutely no record on a particular fact and only then, he takes artistic liberties to interpret what may have happened.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Capturing the very beginning of Jackson’s funeral procession was a unique concept, but there was more on my mind. I also wanted the painting to serve as a prequel to “Final Visit,” with Robert E. Lee at Jackson’s grave in Lexington. – Mort Künstler
Monday, April 26, 2010
Mort Künstler likes to draw his final sketch on brown paper. He does this in order to highlight where the lighting effect will take place.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Trying to include all the elements that would make a great painting, Mort Künstler created several preliminary drawings.
With the cooperation of Colonel Keith Gibson of VMI, he was able to obtain pictures of the era, important information about changes to the structure, and VMI military procedures.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Mort starts each painting with sketches. It was difficult to settle on the angle he wanted to portray.