The Evolution of Space Art

From the first imaginings of other worlds to today’s realistic planet-scapes.

Exploring Europa(Ron Miller)

Ron Miller is a longtime space artist who has written more than 50 books, including The Grand Tour and In the Stream of Stars. His latest, The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, came out last year.

Says Miller, “I had originally intended to do an updated edition of my book about renowned space artist Chesley Bonestell, but I then decided to broaden the book’s scope, which now features more than 350 depictions of planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and space colonies from dozens of artists (myself included).”

The gallery below is a sample of some of the genres represented in the book. Read an interview with Miller here.

Lunar landscape, 1884

(From the collection of Ron Miller)

This depiction of the lunar surface was created by Paul Fouché for Camille Flammarion’s Les terres du ciel (1884). Featuring nearly 100 commissioned illustrations, it was the first book to be illustrated almost entirely with space art. Here Fouché depicts a lunar landscape that is more realistic than the towering crags favored by most other artists at the time.


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