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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

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.

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Washington's Homecoming
Mount Vernon, December 24, 1783

Mort Künstler's Comments
After more than eight years away from Mt. Vernon, George Washington was finally coming home. Washington had resigned from his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the day before. He had sent word that he would be home for Christmas and he was a man of his word!

One can only imagine the excitement at Mt. Vernon. Unfortunately very few facts are known about this occasion. This can lead to major problems for the artist – or major benefits. I truly hope the latter is the case with this painting. History has recorded that he resigned his commission as commander-in-chief on December 23, 1783, and arrived home on Christmas Eve. We also know that it snowed that evening.

Date Created: 2012

Medium: oil on canvas

Image Size: 32" x 44"


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