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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Civil War

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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Gen. J. Buford, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863, 5:15 a.m.

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The Official Killer Angels Portfolio - Fourth in a Series of Six Limited Edition Prints.

Paper Prints
Reproduction technique: Fine offset lithography on neutral pH archival quality paper using the finest fade-resistant inks.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Image Size: 17" x 28" • Overall Size: 23 3/4" x 32"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 1500
Signed Artist's Proofs • Edition Size: 50

Mort Künstler's Comments

I always search for something that has never been done before when I try to come up with an idea for a new painting. I knew I wanted to do a picture of Gen. John Buford so that I could have a painting of the four leading featured in the Killer Angels book, the upcoming television special, and of course, our own official Killer Angels portfolio. In looking for a moment to that was not done before, I immediately focused my attention on the early morning after reading of the heavy mist which was encountered that fateful July 1, 1863.

The Lutheran Seminary building that Buford used as his headquarters on June 30 still exists, so it was relatively easy to see the lighting effect on Seminary cupola at that hour. The sun comes up over Culp's Hill and hits the cupola first and this was my chance for an unusual lighting effect. Buford left headquarters early with his entourage and headed northwest to supervise the line he had set up the night before on McPherson's ridge.

We see Buford riding his black horse followed by his headquarter's flag. Closer to the viewer, in the foreground is the bugler in the yellow striped jacket, followed by the rest of his staff coming out of the mist. We are looking at the west side of the Seminary. The windows, chimneys, and the facades have been changed but the building looked pretty much the way it looks today.

It was a fascinating picture for me to work on. I thoroughly enjoyed painting the architecture and the lighting effect and had the opportunity to portray, once again Gen. John Buford, the man who selected the terrain on which the battle was fought. It would ultimately decide the fate of not only the Battle but the outcome of the war.


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