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"The Last Man on the Moon" by Alan Bean
The Last Man on the Moon
by Alan Bean

Mankind has planted only six flags on the surface of moon and all of them are the stars and stripes. On December 14, 1972, Apollo XVII Commander Eugene Cernan became the last human being to stand on the lunar surface. Cernan, our flag and mother Earth, a distant 240,000 miles away, sum up the accomplishments of the Apollo program in Alan Bean’s The Last Man on the Moon.

“There were a total of twelve of us who got to explore another world as representatives of the people of the United States of America.” As Gene Cernan had said a few minutes earlier, ‘We’d like to uncover a plaque that has been on the front leg of our spacecraft . . . I’ll read what it says . . . Here man completed his first exploration of the moon, December 1972 A.D. May the spirit of peace in which we come be reflected in the lives of all mankind.’

Astronaut Jack Schmitt, his partner on the moon, would say, “Humankind has started to do something that they have never done before. They have gone somewhere they have never been before, and shown they could live there. That is an exciting thing.”

The Last Man on the Moon Giclee canvas captures the essence of space travel not only through subject and color but also texture. The tools that once helped him explore the moon now help him put the moon’s stamp on many of his paintings. He uses exact replicas of his Moon boots to make footprints across this surface, exactly like the Apollo boot prints remaining on the moon today. Next he uses the same geology hammer he worked with on the Apollo 12 mission to dig into the painting’s surface. Finally, a sharp edged bit from one of the core tubes is used to make round indentations in the surface.

This Fine Art Giclee Canvas captures these signature features brilliantly. Each is signed by Apollo 12 astronaut, moonwalker and explorer Alan Bean. Own your own piece of art history, the only paintings of our journey to another world by an artist who was actually there!


Sizing & Pricing
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
Limited to 95 s/n. 26"w x 17"h. $395

 

 



"The Last Man on the Moon" by Alan Bean

 

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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