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The Art of Mort Künstler / Documenting America / Book & Magazine Art / Magazine Illustrations

Unlike many of history's great civilizations, America has existed almost entirely in an age where media has been present to document the nation's trials and culture. During his long and complex career, Mort Künstler's art has found many ways to contribute to the visual landscape that this media provides.

Patty Hearst

On February 4th, 1974, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Patty Hearst was kidnapped by a terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army. During her captivity Patty Hearst was abused and brainwashed. Only two months later, Patty Hearst proclaimed she had become part of the SLA and soon after actively participated in SLA robberies and extortion. After spending 19 months with her captors, Patty Hearst was captured by the FBI on September 18, 1975.

This illustration by Mort Künstler depicts Ms. Hearst on the day of her capture. It appeared in Newsweek on September 29, 1975.


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 © 2001-2020. 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.