Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Making of a Masterpiece: Winds of Change Phase 3

Winds of Change
Washington at Valley Forge, March 4, 1778

In the winter of 1777-78 Valley Forge was the fifth largest city in what was then the United Colonies. I realized that I could show the enormous size of the encampment, and the hardship the men endured, by showing as much of the cabins as possible. I was also able to get in a construction scene in the middle ground to the immediate right of the General’s entourage. Part of the crew warms up around a fire. Behind them, in the background near the cabins, is the regimental standard of the Pennsylvania regiment present at Valley Forge during that epic winter of hardship.     – Mort Künstler

Although the majority of the painting needs to be completed, you can see in this small detail a large number of cabins, as well as a group of soldiers warming themselves by a fire.

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