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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / 20th Century Military / World War II

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

Jumping Wildman of the 82nd Airborne – original painting

Gouache, 12-1/4" x 20-1/4"
Date painted: 1963

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This painting was done for the February 1964 cover of For Men Only magazine, vol. 11, no. 2. It illustrated the story Nazi Snatching Jumping Wildman of the 82nd Airborne by Bill Francois.

'The 82nd Airborne action was immortalized in the movie “The Longest Day.” Red Buttons was the actor who ended up hanging from the church steeple in the movie. This painting has been hanging in my studio for decades! – Mort Künstler

Date Created: 1963

Medium: gouache

Image Size: 12-1/4" x 20-1/2"


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2017. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.