Monday, September 28, 2009

Chesley Bonestell

Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) was a pioneer of astronomical and space art who helped popularize manned space travel. He is well known for his cover art for science fiction magazines, including Astounding Science Fiction (12 covers) and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (38 covers); and many books, such as The Conquest of Space; The Exploration of Mars; and Beyond the Solar System, that he illustrated in collaboration with several authors well known in the field of space exploration. Bonestell�s work also includes architectural paintings, scientific illustrations, and special effects matte paintings for films such as Destination MoonWhen Worlds Collide (1951) and War of the Worlds (1953).