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Many of Mort’s early illustrations were created for popular men’s magazines of the 1950s and 1960s – such as Argosy, For Men Only, Male, Men, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Stag and True – as well as advertisements, book covers, model kit boxes and movie posters. These images are now available as limited edition giclées.



Use the Whole Damn Fleet, But Save Ensign Thompson… - limited edition print


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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.


Classic Edition Canvas Signed & Numbered
Size: 18” x 18” • Edition Size: 100



Historical Information

On September 16, 1944, Lieutenant Arthur Murray Preston volunteered to lead a rescue mission of downed Navy Hellcat pilot, Ensign Harold A. Thompson. Preston commanded two PT boats through sixty miles of heavily mined waters in Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island in Indonesia. Under continuous Japanese fire for 2-1/2 hours, Preston was successful in what was considered a suicidal mission. Preston was subsequently promoted to lieutenant commander and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

About this Painting

This painting was done in 1962 for Magazine Management. It appeared on the cover of the January 1963 issue of Stag magazine for the story "...Use the Whole Damn Fleet, But Save Ensign Thompson..." by Martin Sol.

The Era of Men's Adventure

Beginning in the 1950s, Künstler’s illustrations were sought after by art directors of the leading magazines. Künstler’s captivating and sometimes provocative images adorned the covers of Stag, For Men Only, True Adventures, Male and True Action magazines. Magazine Management, the publisher of these magazines, asked Künstler to use pseudonyms because he was doing so much work for them. Two of the pseudonyms he used were Martin Kay and Emmett Kaye – a play on his initials “MK”. These illustrations have become emblematic of the pop culture of that era.

From Men’s Adventure Magazines in Postwar America
(Max Allan Collins and George Hagenauer, Taschen GMBH, 2004, p. 500)

“Künstler was at the top of the game in the genre, putting incredible detail and accurate descriptions of uniforms, weapons, and settings into his paintings, even when illustrating the likes of “The G.I. Who Raided Saigon Sally’s Sin Barracks.”

“His art has appeared in major magazines, such as National Geographic. The Saturday Evening Post, and Newsweek, and his commercial oeuvre also includes film posters and advertising work. He is now considered to be one of the premiere fine artists in the U.S painting historical objects.”


The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts opened a major retrospective exhibit of Künstler’s art in November 2014, including many of his Men’s Adventure art. Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure, had over 80 pieces from early childhood through his most recent works. This traveling exhibit went to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia, the Citadelle Art Foundation in Canadian, Texas, and the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York.


 

 
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