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Jackson and Lee at Chancellorsville




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Image Size: 9" x 11"
Overall Size: 13 1/2" x 15"
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Giclée Prints on Canvas
Size: 11" x 14"
100 Limited Edition Signed and Numbered
10 Artist Proofs Signed and Numbered
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It was a remarkable relationship. Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson - the South's two premier military commanders - forged an association which produced unequaled accomplishment and became a model for command cooperation. General Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, developed strategy born of military genius, and General Jackson, Lee's unmatched subordinate commander, executed Lee's strategy with dependable hammer-like blows that exhibited his own military genius. It was an exceptionally effective relationship that transformed the nearly vanquished South of mid-1862 into a formidable defender of its homeland.

By any measure of the war, the greatest Southern victories were the product of the Lee-Jackson relationship. Both were men of character. Both were devoted to a shared faith. Both were uniquely gifted military commanders. Lee granted Jackson an exceptional degree of command freedom, and Jackson faithfully exercised that freedom to maximum results. Victory became the expected achievement of every endeavor by Lee and Jackson. In the spring of 1863, the remarkable relationship would end with Jackson's untimely death following his wounding at Chancellorsville. Lee would continue to display his unsurpassed military genius, but never again would be blessed with a subordinate like Jackson. "Stonewall" Jackson was irreplaceable. The Jackson and Lee relationship was build on more than ability - it was founded on faith, mutual respect and the discipline of character. Such was the legacy of Jackson and Lee.

Mort Kunstler's Comments

Jackson and Lee - what incredible cooperation occurred between those two Southern heroes! Every time I've painted them together, I've tried to figure out how to depict the emotion involved in their unique relationship. I feel that the ties between Lee and Jackson went beyond the professional - beyond even the shared mentality of two military geniuses. I believe what existed between Lee and Jackson was almost a father-son relationship - the kind of relationship that exists between a wise father and a gifted oldest son.

That's the kind of emotion I tried to convey with Tactics and Strategy. I deliberately chose the famous "Cracker Box Conference" because it gave me the opportunity to show them up close as in "The Generals Were Brought to Tears". A close-up painting is appropriate to convey the depth and devotion of the relationship between Jackson and Lee. The conference occurred by firelight on the night of May 1-2, 1863, so that enabled me to paint a dramatically lit night scene, which places an intense focus on the two generals. It also emotionally reinforces the theme of the painting. Two remarkable men in an example of cooperation rarely achieved by others.



 

 
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