Friday, August 19, 2011


Mort Kunstler is the premier historical artist in America. He is best known for his paintings of the American Civil War. Before this, his works were on America's story, from portraits of prehistoric American life to the odyssey of the space shuttle, and was already renowned as "the premier historical artist in America." His work has been published in illustrated books and magazines, and used by advertising agencies.

In the early 1980's, his focus turned to Civil War art and he quickly established himself as the country's most-collected Civil War artist, and earned unprecedented acclaim within the genre of Civil War art. In 1982, he was asked by the commission of CBS-TV to do a painting on the mini-series, "The Blue and the Gray". He spent much time researching and making sure his painting "The High Water Mark" was meticulously correct. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the battle, his painting was unveiled at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum on July 2, 1988. Since then, Mr. Kunstler has been concentrating on Civil War subject matter.