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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Spotlight: Art about the moon

‘Two Men Contemplating the Moon’, oil on canvas, Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1825–30

The moon landing was 20th July 1969. 50 years ago.
What was painted about it? How was art, while some chaps jumped on the moon and revealed to keen ears how blue the earth looks when all around is lamp-less black?
Here is a 1969 painting entitled ‘We are all astronauts!’ by Norman Rockwell in 1969.
Norman Rockwell painted for a family-oriented publication. It bears comparison with the Soviet art of the 1950s associated with public persuasion.  Norman felt an affinity with the Soviet endeavours in the space mission.  Yuri Gagarin had taken the first extraterrestrial plunge on 12th April 1961, as important as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Buzz Aldrin on the moon, 1969 by Lesley Melody

There were 3 intrepid humans in the lunar lander that day in 1969.  Michael Collins stayed inside the capsule. That particular Michael did not moonwalk.


Happy Moonlanding anniversary, everyone.  I hope you find time to have a brush with the moon this month.



Spotlight: asking medium-sized, hopefully interesting questions since the world needed art more than ever. And shedding light.

View of Pendragon Castle by Moonlight (1822 ) - Abraham Pether
...Or lighting sheds.