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The Art of Mort Künstler / Documenting America / Movie Posters

Unlike many of history's great civilizations, America has existed almost entirely in an age where media has been present to document the nation's trials and culture. During his long and complex career, Mort Künstler's art has found many ways to contribute to the visual landscape that this media provides.



Hindenburg, The – limited edition print


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Signature Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered - $295.00

Signature Edition Canvas Artist's Proof - $400.00

Classic Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered - $495.00

Classic Edition Canvas Artist's Proof - $650.00

Premier Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered - $995.00

Premier Edition Canvas Artist's Proof - $1,250.00

Collector's Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered - $2,995.00

Collector's Edition Canvas Artist's Proof - $3,495.00



 


LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Giclée Canvas Prints
Reproduction technique: Giclées are printed with the finest archival pigmented inks on canvas.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


Signature Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered
Size: 22" x 19" • Edition Size: 100 • Issue Price: $295
Signature Edition Canvas Artist's Proof
Size: 22" x 19" • Edition Size: 10 • Issue Price: $400

Classic Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered
Size: 27” x 23” • Edition Size: 50 • Issue Price: $495
Classic Edition Canvas Artist’s Proof
Size: 27” x 23” • Edition Size: 10 • Issue Price: $650

Premier Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered
Size: 34” x 29” • Edition Size: 15 • Issue Price: $995
Premier Edition Canvas Artist’s Proof
Size: 34” x 29” • Edition Size: 5 • Issue Price: $1,250

Collector's Edition Canvas Signed and Numbered
Size: 44” x 38” • Edition Size: 5 • Issue Price: $2,995
Collector's Edition Canvas Artist’s Proof
Size: 44” x 38” • Edition Size: 2 • Issue Price: $3,495




Historical Information
The German airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built, exploded as it arrived in Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident that has since become iconic, in part because of the live radio broadcast of the disaster.

The Hindenburg had made 10 successful ocean crossings the year before and was held up by Germany’s Nazi government as a symbol of national pride. Within minutes of detecting a gas leak, the tail blew up, sending flames hundreds of feet in the air and as far down as the ground below. A chain reaction caused the entire vessel to burn instantly. There were fifty-six survivors.

Radio announcer Herbert Morrison gave an unforgettable live account of the disaster, “Oh, oh, oh. It’s burst into flames. Get out of the way, please . . . this is terrible . . . it’s burning, bursting into flames, and is falling . . . Oh! This is one of the worst . . . it’s a terrific sight . . .oh, the humanity.”

Mort Künstler's Comments
Commissioned by Fox to advertise the movie The Hindenburg, I first went to previews of the movie, then worked with movie stills, old photographs, and models of the zeppelin.

An original movie poster of this painting is currently on view in the exhibit Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook through Memorial Day.


 

 
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 © 2001-2016. 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.