The Nassau County Museum of Art has opened a Civil War exhibit by a Long Island artist to commemorate the war’s upcoming 150th anniversary.
The exhibit, “For Us the Living,” features nearly 50 paintings by renowned Civil War painter Mort Künstler, who lives in Oyster Bay. The display features not only Künstler’s completed works, but sketches made in preparation for the final paintings.
Künstler said he sat with a historian to help to flesh out scenes and finite details for the images.
“I am looking at the detail of the faces that he captured. From my experience they are accurate,” said U.S. Army veteran David Rayman of West Hempstead. Rayman, who was touring the exhibit, said the deep expressions, body formations and scenery in the paintings are realistic portrayals of war.
Constance Schwartz, the exhibit’s curator, said the accuracy and content make the exhibit different from others the museum holds. She said the exhibit is unique because it features relatively new work about the the Civil War.
The exhibit is scheduled to run through Jan. 9, 2011.