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Custer's Last Stand

...Mort Künstler painted Custer’s Last Stand in 1986? The painting was shown at Hammer Galleries that year and sold on opening night.

Neil Mangum, Superintendent of Custer National Battlefield said of the painting: “From a historical perspective it is as accurate as any that I have ever seen...From the uniforms and equipment to the landscape and the horizon, I think you have captured the very essense of the futility and hopelessness of the battle that symbolizes the public’s perception of the struggle. It, unquestionably, is the freshest approach and should supercede all others at once.” When Dell Books published Showdown at Little Big Horn, by the famed best-selling author Dee Brown (author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee), they sought out the rights to reproduce Künstler’s Custer’s Last Stand as the cover. The painting helped to make the book a best seller, but also helped establish a longstanding relationship between Mort Künstler and Dee Brown that lasts to this day. They would collaborate years later on a book of Künstler’s western paintings Images of the Old West! It was published by Park Lane Press, a division of Random House and in a signed and numbered leather bound limited edition by Easton Press in 1996.

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...Mort Künstler knew Mario Puzo?

...this book Dinosaur Story was first published in 1974 by Scholastic Book Services?

...Mort Künstler did the painting that was used for the cover of Giant by Edna Ferber?

...Mort Künstler painted this lion, lioness and cub in 1974?

...Mort Künstler painted this Jaws satire for the January 1976 cover of MAD Magazine?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for the box cover of this Aurora plastic kit of the Ford T Dragster Spyder?

...Mort Künstler illustrated the classic children’s book, Bob, Son of Battle?

...Mort Kunstler did this illustration for The Saturday Evening Post around 1958 for the story Ghost Dog by Roderick Lull?

...Mort Künstler painted the cover for A Doctor Comes to Bayard by Elizabeth Seifert? It was just one in the long-running series of “Doctor” novels that Elizabeth Seifert wrote for Dodd, Mead & Co. in the 1950’s and through to the 1970’s.

...Mort Künstler painted this G.I. in Korea during the winter of 1950?

...This Revere bowl was presented to Mort Künstler on October 15, 1994?

...Mort Künstler painted this jacket art for the book Yankee Rookie?

...Mort Künstler did two paintings for the movie The Poseidon Adventure?

...Mort Künstler painted Custer’s Last Stand in 1986? The painting was shown at Hammer Galleries that year and sold on opening night.

...Mort Künstler painted the history of aviation?

...Mort Künstler did this painting for his first book jacket for Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1952?

...Mort Künstler showed talent at the age of 2-1/2?

...Mort Künstler painted this image of Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin planting the flag on the moon?

...Mort Künstler did the painting for the 29¢ postal stamp honoring the Buffalo Soldiers?

...Mort Künstler did hundreds of paintings of World War II?

...Mort Künstler painted Stroud Farm in 1976?

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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 © 2001-2019. 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.