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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Civil War

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.



Angle, The
Gettysburg, July 3, 1863




I conceived of The Angle after I had done The High Water Mark, which illustrated Pickett's Charge from a Southern point of view. I wondered how I could stage this scene differently from the way many other artists painted it. I looked at my own painting of The High Water Mark and decided to portray everything from the opposite direction by reversing my view. While the view in The High Water Mark was from above, looking down and to the south from the north, in The Angle the scene is drawn at eye level form the south looking north. This created a reverse angle picture. It brought the action in the far background of The High Water Mark into the foreground and allowed me to show intense hand-to-hand fighting in detail. It also enabled me to place the Union and Confederate flags close to each other.

During Pickett's Charge, the fighting at the stone wall along Cemetery Ridge turned to hand-to-hand combat. The Angle was a winding section of the wall where some of the most desperate fighting of the war occurred. It was here that a few hundred Tennesseans and Virginians penetrated the Federal line and here that they were immediately cut down or captured.

Image Size: 10" x 13 1/2".
250 Limited Edition Numbered and Signed, Issue Price $275 with special edition of The American Spirit book
Release Date 1989
Painted 1988

 

 
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