The Art of Chesley Bonestell

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Harper Collins, 2001 - Astronautics in art - 256 pages
"Your conception of outer space has probably been influenced by...Bonestell's surrealist paintings of other-planetary scenes, which caused a sensation when Life first published...them....His vivid imaginings...were used as the visual basis for several...science fiction movies....More than 300...works appear....Rediscover this influential artist, whose success has been credited with stoking public support for the U.S. space program.""--Booklist. ""Will appeal to any lover of fine art."" --Fantasy & Science Fiction."
 

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Page 80 - Congress the national commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade.
Page 64 - ... landscape which has to be compressed into a sound stage — I had selected the crater Aristarchus. Chesley Bonestell did not like Aristarchus; it did not have the shape he wanted, nor the height of crater wall, nor the distance to apparent horizon. Mr. Bonestell knows more about the surface appearance of the Moon than any other living man; he searched around and found one he liked — the crater Harpalus, in high northern latitude, facing the Earth. High latitude was necessary so that the Earth...
Page 75 - In my many years of association with Chesley, I have learned to respect, nay fear, this wonderful artist's obsession with perfection. My file cabinet is filled with sketches of rocket ships I had prepared to help him in his artwork — only to have them returned to me with penetrating, detailed questions or blistering criticism of some inconsistency or oversight.
Page 71 - Their article was based on a paper the authors gave at the Psychophysiological Aspects of Space Flight Symposium sponsored by the US Air Force School of Aviation Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Enraptured with cybernetics, Clynes and Kline (1960, 27) thought of cyborgs as "self-regulating manmachine systems.
Page 59 - I only wish that a book containing such illustrations could have fallen into my hands when I was a youngster. What a prize it would have been.
Page 62 - Mr. Bonestell's remarkable technique produces an effect of realism so striking that his paintings have often been mistaken for actual colour photographs by those slightly unacquainted with the present status of interplanetary flight. . . . "To many, this book will for the first time make the other planets real places, and not mere abstractions. In the years to come it is probably destined to fire many imaginations, and thereby to change many lives.
Page 75 - ... Because," answered Bonestell, "he had more successful experience in build-ing rockets and more faith in going into space than anyone else I could find." Ryan and Bonestell lunched with von Braun, and Collier's signed him up to write a series of articles, which Bonestell would illustrate. Recalls Bonestell, "Von Braun would send me sketches drawn on engineer's graph paper, which I convert-ed into working drawings and then into perspective. The courses I had had at Co-lumbia [where he worked toward,...
Page 244 - Destination Moon (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), War of the Worlds (1953) and Conquest of Space (1955).
Page 64 - I had selected the crater Aristarchus [for the landing site]. Chesley Bonestell did not like Aristarchus; it did not have the shape he wanted, nor the height of crater wall he wanted, nor the distance to [the] apparent horizon. Mr Bonestell knows more about the surface of the moon than any other living man; he searched around and found one he liked - the crater Harpalus, in high northern latitude, facing the earth. High latitude was necessary so that the earth would appear down near the horizon where...
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