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The Art of Chesley Bonestell

The Art of Chesley Bonestell (Hardback)

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Chesley Bonestell was, without a doubt, the most influential space artist of all time. From a childhood interest in astronomy, Bonestell drew on his expert skills as a draughtsman to create inspired paintings of the planets. Considered the dean of space artists, Bonestell's work appered in hundreds of magazines, from Life to Popular Mechanics, bringing his visions to an avid public for several decades from the mid-1940s onwards. His work is still breathtaking today, still the paradigm which other space and astronomical artists strive to match. Some of his paintings - of the lunar surface, or Saturn as seen from Titan - are classics and, although our knowledge of these remote parts of our universe has overtaken Bonestell's visions, they have never been superseded as works of art. Edited by Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant III, this glorious collection of over 300 illustrations covering all facets of Bonestells' art and carcer, has an accompanying full-length biographical commentary by Miller. As the definitive book of Bonestell's art, this is a treasure that belongs on every shelf.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsPainting & paintingsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsIndividual artists, art monographsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design styles Publisher: Pavilion Books Publication Date: 26/04/2001 ISBN-13: 9781855858848  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ron Miller is an illustrator and author specializing in astronomical, astronautical and science-fiction subjects. His work has appeared on scores of book jackets, book interiors and in countless magazines. He has lectured on space art and space history in the USA, the UK, France, Japan and Italy, and has been on the faculty of the International Space University. His original paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Frederick C. Durant's career spans the entire history of modern rocketry and spaceflight. A graduate of Lehigh University, he became a commander in the US Naval reserve after serving as Director of Engineering, US Naval Air Rocket Test Station (Dover, NJ), as a flight deck officer on the aircraft carrier USS Sable, and as a Navy test pilot. From 1964 to 1980 he was Assistant Director and Head of the Astronautics Department of the National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where he developed not only the present collection of rocket and spacecraft but also the museum's core collection of space art.

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