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They look back on the rapidly receeding planet
  • Chesley K. Bonestell
    born: San Francisco, California, United States ; died: Carmel, California, United States ; active: United States
  • They look back on the rapidly receeding planet, 1950
  • "Mr. Smith Goes to Venus," published in Coronet, March, 1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on board
  • Object Height/Width: 25.5 x 21.6 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 1/16 x 8 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • Not on display
  • 1980.1023

A painting of people in a space craft looking back on earth. Two people stand looking out the square opening at the stars and the silhouette of the earth, while the rest of the audience sits. A woman wearing either a hat or a bow appears in the lower left corner. A clock is positioned on the wall of the spacecraft located in the upper right corner of the image. This painting appeared in an article titled, "Mr. Smith Goes to Venus," which was published in the March 1950 issue of the Coronet magazine.