Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mort Kunstler, Premier Civil War Artist

From the Lang 2015 Kunstler Civil War Calendar, 22nd Edition.

I was able to buy one of these calendars at Half Price Books in Columbus, Ohio, for, like they said, half price.  The usual $16-17 price is a bit more than I like to spend, so I normally don't buy these, but have always liked them.  This man goes into detail tremendously and researches a whole lot for every painting he does.

According to the calendar, he began his emphasis on the Civil War in the 1980s after a commission from CBS-TV had him do a painting for their mini-series, "The Blue and the Gray."  He devoted much time to making sure his painting "The High Water Mark" was as correct as it could be.  The painting was unveiled at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum on July 2, 1988, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the battle.

Even before his concentration on the Civil War, he had already established himself as "the premier historical artist in America."

Beginning in 2011, the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, an exhibit of his original paintings has traveled to museums in seven states.

And, he has done a painting of Fort Fisher.

--Old Secesh

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