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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.

There Stands Jackson Like A Stone Wall - limited edition print SOLD OUT
Manassas, July 21, 1861

This limited edition print is SOLD OUT

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: 16 1/2" x 25"• Overall Size: 21 1/2" x 29"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 1000
Signed Artist's Proofs • Edition Size: 50

Mort Künstler’s Comments

On a hot summer afternoon, in the first major battle of the Civil War, "Stonewall" Jackson got his nickname.

One of my favorite personalities from the war has been General Thomas J. Jackson and I decided this would be a wonderful moment to paint.

I went to the Manassas battlefield to see what ideas I could come up with to tell the story as accurately and directly as possible. When I saw the pine woods down the slope from the Henry House, where Jackson and his men had formed their line, I immediately felt that it would make a perfect backdrop for the picture. It gave me the opportunity to do a painting unlike any I had done before.

Jackson, of course, is the center of interest. He is dressed in his old blue V.M.I. uniform and forage cap and looking attentively to the crest of the Henry House hill in the west, waiting to catch his first sight of the Union troops.

The flag is the First National flag and it is easy to see why there was so much confusion during the early stages of the war because of its similarity to the U.S. flag. Added to this, were the blue uniforms of many of the Confederate officers from the "old" army. This, of course, would change with time.

Behind Jackson is his gray line of Virginia infantry, many in the early frock coat of the Virginia militia, that was later abandoned. The headgear was predominantly the kepi and forage cap, that would also give way with time, to the much more popular "slouch" hat. The men were armed with the Model 1842 musket, and with bayonets fixed, must have been an awesome sight. It was truly the calm before the storm.


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