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The Best of Bean

A collection of otherworldly paintings goes on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

Tracy's Boulder

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(Courtesy Alan Bean)

1984, acrylic on Masonite

“When Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan saw Bean’s painting of the massive boulder from Station 6 in Taurus-Littrow,” says Russo, “he told him how he regretted not having written his daughter Tracy’s name on the dust-covered side of the boulder, where it would have remained inscribed forever.”

Bean adds, “The sheer romance of Gene’s idea was so appealing that I gave him a blank sheet of paper and asked him to write Tracy’s name the way he would have wanted it in the dust on the Moon. Then I got to work with my paintbrushes. As Gene’s friend, I have employed artistic license to save him the long trip back to Station Six.”

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