In The American, “The way Gene Cernan looks in his suit reminds me of the classic hero of western movies,” artist Alan Bean remembers. “His hands are even poised — ready to make the draw.” In this strange world, all bundled up in a bulky space suit, he still looks American. He even wears a white hat. I painted Gene with the Sun almost at his back and his suit almost shadowed. The colors I used were not as literal as they are expressionistic, or impressionistic.
It was a beautiful mission to an incredible place – the Taurus-Littrow Valley. Apollo 17 was our last mission to the Moon. Gene, Ron Evans, and Jack Schmitt called it “The End of the Beginning”. It was a perfect mission, with records set in time spent of the surface, rocks returned, and in many other ways. Those records have stood for a long time and may stand for decades to come.
This piece is the perfect addition to your home, not only because of it’s uniqueness, but also because it is a true piece of history for all mankind
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