The Best of Bean

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

Tracy's Boulder

(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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