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Popular Civil War artist is no stranger to Fredericksburg. His latest work, "Tender is the Heart," is set in Orange County.
Artist Mort K^BENT^00FC^EENT^nstler's work is known for its authenticity and attention to detail.
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By MICHAEL AUBRECHT
"WHAT A REMARKABLE people they were--the generation of Americans that faced the Civil War."
This quote comes from "An American Palette--The Paintings of Mort Künstler" and was offered by the artist himself when asked to comment on one of his paintings that depicted Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson holding a sunrise service.
"Remarkable" is certainly a fitting adjective to describe the courage, strength and conviction of America during the Civil War. It is also a fitting term to describe the 75-year-old painter himself.
Noted Civil War scholar and Jackson biographer Dr. James I. Robertson once said of Künstler: "No one has better captured the sights, the feelings, the encompassing drama that formed the conflict of the 1860s. Many gifted wielders of the brush have given us scores of Civil War illustrations, but only Künstler has carried that skill to a level of perfection."
The artist, whose studio, Künstler Enterprises Ltd. is in Oyster Bay, N.Y., has painted numerous pieces over the years portraying key events in the history of Fredericksburg. These include "Lee at Fredericksburg"; "The Scouts of Fredericksburg"; "Angel of Marye's Heights"; and "Remember Me."
One of his latest releases is "Tender is the Heart," which depicts a particularly special event that was witnessed by a high-ranking group of Confederate officers gathering at Mayhurst in Orange County. Most prominent among the attendees was Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, as well as one of his three corps commanders, A.P. Hill.
The purpose of this intimate meeting between's Lee's lieutenants was not to plan wartime strategy but to celebrate the baptism of an infant. The child's name was Lucy Lee Hill, whom A.P. and his wife, Kitty, had named in honor of her father's beloved commander, and who had graciously agreed to be the child's godfather.
According to Fredericksburg Historical Prints' Web site, Künstler's painting are among the most highly sought-after historical prints on the market.