"This is a painting of a universal astronaut..."Alan Bean Signed Limited Edition "Reaching for the Stars" Textured Canvas Color Print Signed by Twenty-Four Astronauts, #553/1500, in Framed Display. A 26.5" x 33.5" (sight size) color canvas elegantly framed to an overall 31" x 38" (no glass). These were produced from an original acrylic by space artist and moonwalker Alan Bean in 1997 and signed by the astronauts attending an induction ceremony and reunion at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida, in October 1997. The black ink signatures included on this amazing piece include: "Alan Shepard", "John Glenn", "Scott Carpenter", "Wally Schirra", "Gordon Cooper" (all representing Mercury), "Jim McDivitt", "Richard Gordon" (both representing Gemini), "Walt Cunningham", "Rusty Schweickart", "Buzz Aldrin", "Charles Conrad Jr", "Alan Bean", "James Lovell", "Fred Haise", "Edgar Mitchell", "Al Worden", "Charlie Duke" (all representing Apollo), "Paul Weitz", "Owen Garriott", "Jack Lousma", "Jerry Carr", "Ed Gibson", "Bill Pogue" (all representing Skylab), and "Tom Stafford" (representing Apollo-Soyuz). There are certainly potential opportunities to obtain additional signatures. Included with this lot is the original Certificate of Authenticity from Greenwich Workshop, the issuing gallery. Excellent.
Alan Bean describes this painting in his book Apollo: An Eyewitness Account: "In one sense this is a painting of a universal astronaut, symbolizing everyone who flew in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz. It also represents those who fly on space shuttles and will fly on a space station and on future missions only dreamed about at this time. The astronaut is an emissary of us all, soaring away from our planet earth... But in a broader view [Reaching for the Stars symbolizes] all of us who possess a dedicated and adventurous spirit no matter what our interests or age."
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