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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

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.

We, The People...1787 - limited edition print

Paper Artist's Proof - $350.00


Image size: 18" x 25"
Overall size: 22-1/2" x 29"

2,000 Signed and Numbered
50 Artist's Proofs

Painted in 1986, Printed in 1987.

In commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States and in tribute to the beneficence of Benjamin Franklin to the printing industry, Mort Künstler was commissioned in 1987 to depict the scene in history when Franklin and James Madison examined the Constitution's first press run.

We, the People…1787 was released as a limited edition print by the PICA Foundation (The Printing Industry of the Carolinas) in 1987, as the year also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of PICA. This beautifully detailed piece of art illustrates, through extensive research by Mort Künstler, the print shop, the tools, and the type of press utilized in this period. Special attention was also taken to the costuming and expressions in the portraits of Franklin and Madison.

“That constitution is now the oldest written constitution in history, and is also the most original, the most innovative and, as it turned out, the most farsighted document of its kind.” – Henry Steele Commanger


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.