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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Making of "General Orders 100" - Phase 2

In 1987, I painted a picture of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. I used artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter's notes and sketches as a reference source. As a result, I already knew a great deal about Lincoln's office, the room in which General Orders 100 took place. William Bushong, the historian for the White House Historical Association, was very helpful and provided me with additional information. – Mort Künstler

Mort’s process of the painting is different with each piece. With this painting, Mort started with the background. You can already tell the lighting is going to be quite dramatic.

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