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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Modern Era

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.



Holiday Homecoming - limited edition print
Essex Railroad Station, 1925


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Signature Edition 17" x 22"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100
Signed Artist's Proof • Edition Size: 10

Classic Edition 23” x 30”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 50
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 10

Premier Edition 26” x 38”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 15
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 5

Collector's Edition 36” x 47”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 5
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 2



Mort Künstler's Comments:

My painting depicts a small town railroad station late in the afternoon of the winter holiday season, 1925. A light, unexpected snow has fallen, and the happy grandparents are at the station with their 1924 Ford Model T "depot hack" to greet their son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, visiting for the holidays. My wife posed for the young woman, my niece and nephew are the children climbing into the hack, and dear neighbors of ours are the grandparents.

A depot hack, the early term for station wagon, was made by buying a Model T running gear with no body, and then having a coach and body builder bolt the type of body one wanted to the frame. The car I used as a model for this painting was owned by Charles Riker of Huntington, N.Y., who bought it in running condition in 1965 and restored it to mint condition. The body was made by a Springfield, Massachusetts company.

The car in the right foreground is a 1921 Dodge Brothers doctor's coupe. The license plate on the Dodge in the foreground was checked and verified by the Southampton Automotive Museum on Long Island. The model I used for this car was owned by Mr. Joseph Bowra of Hicksville, NY, as is the blue and black 1923 four door Buick sedan in the left background.

The locomotive in the painting is a consolidation type 2-8-0 built by the American Locomotive Works in 1924. The train and station pictured are still in operation today, in the town of Essex, Connecticut, operated by the Valley Railroad Company. The green marker lamps indicate that it is the first of two sections. Trains very often ran two sections at holiday times. The red semaphore signal indicates it is a single track and any oncoming trains should wait in the siding The passenger cars were built in 1915.

I sketched and photographed a team of horses and wagon in Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Long Island that I used as reference for those in the painting.

The clothing styles were verified by checking the style books for men and boys of Hart Schaffner and Marx, Autumn and Winter, 1925, and Vogue Magazine of the same year.

 

 
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