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"First Men: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin" by Alan Bean
First Men: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin
by Alan Bean

Alan Bean’s First Men: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, the companion work to First Men: Neil A. Armstrong, is now available. Armstrong’s iconic photo of Aldrin is arguably the most recognized picture ever taken, but beyond some grainy television images and a great shot of his foot, there are no really good photographs of Neil Armstrong on the Moon.

Bean conceived this set, First Men, to remedy that. He chose the moment on July 20, 1969 when Armstrong took Aldrin’s picture as the setting. Aficionados have long recognized that Neil can actually be seen as a reflection in Buzz’s helmet. A series of calculations from that enabled Bean to replicate Armstrong’s positioning exactly when he created First Men: Neil A. Armstrong.

Bean’s First Men: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin is so much more than a photograph. The tools Alan Bean used to explore the Moon now help him to put the Moon’s stamp on each painting he creates. Exact replicas of his Moon boots are used to make footprints across the painting’s surface, reminiscent of the Apollo boot prints remaining on the Moon today. Streaks etched on the painting’s surface are from the same geology hammer he used on the Apollo 12 mission. Finally, a sharp edged bit from one of the core tubes is used to make the circular indentations in the surface. All are captured in stunning detail in each edition.


Sizing & Pricing

Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Print:
limited to 200 s/n.
17 1/2"w x 23 1/4"h. $295


MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 75 s/n.
30"w x 40"h (unstretched). $995
If you already have the first canvas or paper edition of First Men: Neil Armstrong, you can now complete your set with First Men: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin. Remember, there were only 75 Armstrong canvases and the same number of 75 Aldrin canvases has been created. If you can’t make a matching pair of the canvases, you can still do so with the Giclèe paper editions. Most importantly, each edition is a historic document signed by the artist ― Apollo 12 astronaut Captain Alan Bean. They are a wonderful set and a unique record of that exciting time in history.

 “I guess every astronaut wanted to be the first man on the Moon. I know I did. And if we couldn't be the first, we at least wanted to be one of the first. Apollo 11’s crew got the opportunity to make the first attempt. Neil, Buzz and Mike flew a perfect flight and went into the history books; but all 400,000 Americans that helped make Apollo a success are in that history, too.”

"First Men: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin" by Alan Bean

Alan Bean's "First Men" Set, shown above in Fine Art Giclee Print Editions
Click here for "First Men: Neil A. Armstrong"

 

Alan Bean: Artist and Astronaut

Captain Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the fourth man to walk on the moon and commander of Skylab 2. “I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,” Bean says.

“I want my paintings to communicate an emotional experience in ways that photography cannot.”

Captain Bean creates his original works of art using a unique technique allowing the viewer to actually sense vestiges of the 20th century’s most dramatic accomplishments. Pressed into the canvas surfaces are Captain Bean’s authentic lunar boot “moonprints,” impressions from a core tube-bit used to collect soil samples and marks from a hammer used to drive the staff of the American flag into the moon’s surface. Moon dust, trapped on the patches on the outside of his suit, makes its way onto each original as well.

Each print and canvas is an historical record of the lunar experience, as each is signed by moonwalker Captain Alan Bean, with most countersigned by other moonwalkers and astronauts.This may be your only chance to own such a visionary and historic celebration of man’s greatest achievement. NASA was sometimes asked “Why not send an artist to the moon?” It turns out they did.

Biography

Alan Bean—Apollo XII astronaut, commander of Skylab II and artist—was born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas. In 1950 he was selected for an NROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1955, he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy.

Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics, as well as numerous national and international honors, Alan Bean has had a most distinguished peacetime career. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy. As part of the Apollo XII crew, he became the fourth of only twelve men ever to walk on the Moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record: 24,400,000 miles traveled during the 59-day flight. He has also launched himself successfully into a new career as an artist.

When he wasn’t flying, Bean always enjoyed painting as a hobby. Attending night classes at St. Mary’s College in Maryland in 1962, Alan experimented with landscapes. During training and between missions as a test pilot and astronaut, he continued private art lessons. On space voyages, his artist’s eye and talent enabled him to document impressions of the Moon and space to be preserved later on canvas. His art reflects the attention to detail of the aeronautical engineer, the respect for the unknown of the astronaut and the unabashed appreciation of a skilled painter.

The space program has seen unprecedented achievements and Bean realized that most of those who participated actively in this adventure would be gone in forty years. He knew that if any credible artistic impressions were to remain for future generations, he must paint them now. “My decision to resign from NASA in 1981 was based on the fact that I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,” Bean said, “and I hope to communicate these experiences through art.”

Bean’s book Apollo: An Eyewitness Account which chronicles his first-person experience as an Apollo astronaut in words and paintings was received with critical and popular acclaim upon its publication in 1998.


Alan Bean samples the Ocean of Storms.

Is Anyone Out There?

A detail of Is Anyone Out There showing the lunar boot moonprints and core tube-bit imprint.

Alan Bean in 1981

Alan Bean in his studio

Alan Bean: Video
Watch this clip from the documentary Alan Bean: Artist.
Alan Bean, in his studio, discusses his art.






 

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