The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Mo

The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Mo
280046 Rockwell, Norman The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Moon (Also known as "Two Men on the Moon") 2012 13 13/16'' x 21'' Seriolithograph in color on archival paper. Signed in the plate with the artist's estate authorized facsimile signature lower right. Also containing the gold seal of the "Norman Rockwell Authorized Estate" lower left. From the European artist's proof edition of 85 (450 Arabic numbered proofs, 85 artist's proofs, 85 hors commerce proofs and 4 bon a tirer impressions also exist). This seriolithograph is one of three seriolithographs included in "The Man in Space Suite". This work originated as an illustration for Look magazine, January 1967. This painting is in the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Look commissioned Rockwell to do three paintings of man's first landing on the moon which took place on July 20, 1969. The paintings were done well in advance of the mission, since if it failed they would not be subsequently used. Illustrator Pierre Mion worked with Rockwell as a consultant on the project as the artist was having trouble with some of the technical details of the equipment and he sought out Mion's assistance as Mion had done robotic illustrations for National Geographic and had come to Rockwell's attention. According to Mion, "During the design and construction of most spacecraft, details change on a daily basis, and NASA people kept sending Rockwell updates on the lunar module at a confusing rate." Look magazine was a bi-weekly periodical published in Des Moines, Iowa from 1937-1971. Norman Rockwell painted covers and illustrations for Look in the last ten years of his life and focused on civil rights, poverty and space exploration as his primary themes.
The Final Impossibility: Man's Tracks on the Mo
Rockwell, Norman
13 7/8" x 21 "
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