Mort Künstler, "Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg" (detail), 2013

Mort Künstler, “Mr. Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg” (detail), 2013. Oil on canvas. Private collection. ©Mort Künstler Inc. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, February 18, 2015—Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Picturing History,” a conversation with renowned historical artist Mort Künstler on Saturday, February 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. Künstler will offer insight into the creative and technical process of visualizing historical subjects. Admission to the talk is $10, or free with Museum admission; members free.

Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure
On view through March 8, 2015

Known today for his meticulously researched historical paintings of such subjects as the Civil War, Mort Künstler is also a prolific illustrator, who has worked on a broad spectrum of assignments in different genres for over 60 years. “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure” presents the first thorough retrospective of the artist’s career—from paperback book jackets and men’s adventure magazine illustrations, to movie posters, model kit boxes, and advertisements for prominent corporations. Künstler’s dramatic images, conceived in every possible genre, will be the focus of the exhibition, along with his historical paintings that capture the heroes and battles of the American Civil War. The exhibition will document the artist’s transition from traditional illustrator to historical narrative painter, whose limited edition signed prints have attracted a large and appreciative audience. Künstler’s artistic influences, which include Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell, will be explored and represented in the exhibition, as well as childhood drawings that chart the development of his considerable artistic skills.

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