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Little Known Facts About Mort Künstler

Black Rhinoceros and Calf

...Mort Künstler painted this black rhinoceros and calf in 1974?

It was done as a series of 38 paintings of wildlife varying from lions to garter snakes. They all showed the adult with its offspring and were commissioned by Scholastic Book Services to be used as finger puppets. Künstler still has most of the originals. His children had selected some to hang in their rooms. Now they are hanging in their children’s rooms!

The black rhinoceros has 2 horns. They are used as weapons. The longer front horn has reached a length of 53 1/2 inches, though the average is half that long. A male black rhino can be 5 feet 8 inches at the shoulder, 12 feet long, and weigh up to 4,000 pounds. The single rhino calf weighs about 75 pounds at birth. It may stay with its mother even after a younger calf is born. The black rhino used to live in most of Africa, south of the Sahara.

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...Mort Künstler painted the box cover art for The Mad, Mad, Mad Magician?

...Mort Künstler painted this ad for Campus, a men’s clothing manufacturer in 1976?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for the movie The Hindenburg?

...Mort Künstler painted many of the experimental aircraft of the early 1900’s?

...Mort Künstler met astronauts Bob Crippen and John Young?

...The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, presented Mort Künstler with this Plaque of Appreciation on March 19, 1999?

...Mort Künstler painted this black rhinoceros and calf in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for Relief Pitcher?

...Mort Künstler did the drawing on the cover of the Max Brand novel Rippon Rides Double?

...Mort Künstler did this illustration for Reach for Tomorrow, written by Barbara Paul. It appeared in the August 1975 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

...Mort Künstler painted this cover of the March 1998 issue of Outdoor Life magazine?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for Dodd, Mead and Co. in 1953?

...Mort Künstler did this pencil drawing of Florence Nightingale?

...Mort Künstler did the cover painting for the book jacket Pay the Doctor by Elizabeth Seifert?

...Mort Künstler illustrated Dinosaur Story, including this drawing of an Apatosaurus?

...Mort Künstler was commissioned by the National Guard to show the contribution of the Alaska Army National Guard?

...Mort Künstler did this drawing of a football player at the age of six?

...Mort Künstler painted this cover for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for this Zane Grey novel Wild Horse Mesa?

...the Hesston Corporation commissioned this painting for the cover of their annual report in 1975?

...Mort Künstler painted this World War II P-40 Warhawk for the cover of a plastic model kit for the company Airfix?

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