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Bonestell LLC is releasing a limited edition art print of the iconic painting Saturn as seen from Titan to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural publication of Bonestell's space art.

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Limited Edition Print

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the inaugural publication of Bonestell's space art, Bonestell LLC is releasing 250 limited edition art prints of Saturn as seen from Titan. The last official printing of Bonestell's Saturn as seen from Titan was in the 1970s.

Chesley Bonestell's space art first appeared in the May 29, 1944, issue of Life magazine, accompanying the article, "Solar System: It is Modeled in Miniature by Saturn and Nine Moons." The article featured a series of paintings – including Saturn as seen from Titan – depicting views of Saturn from its various satellites and presenting the audience with a realistic and magical impression of Saturn and space. Thus began the era in which Bonestell's art provided a window to explore space in magazines such as Collier's, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Life, Pic, Coronet, Scientific American, and in books such as The Conquest of Space and The Exploration of Mars.

Saturn as seen from Titan became one of Bonestell's most iconic paintings. It is also one of the paintings he would paint again and again, the view evolving with time. The print for purchase is a version he created in 1952 for his daughter, Jane Webster. It was first exhibited in the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, October 1957. While its second and last exhibition was in 1988 at the California Academy of Sciences.

The print was released on June 11, 2014. This date is significant: Chesley Bonestell passed away on June 11, 1986, doing one of the things he loved most – painting.

  • Cost: $75 US
  • Chromira photo print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper.
  • Size: 18 inches x 24 inches
  • Prints are numbered and stamped with Bonestell LLC's official stamp.
  • Accompanying the print is a Certificate of Authenticity from Bonestell LLC.


About Chesley Bonestell

Chesley Bonestell
Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) was an American pioneer of space art who helped popularize manned space travel. He is well known for his cover art for science fiction magazines, including Astounding Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as well as many books such as The Conquest of Space, The Exploration of Mars, and Beyond the Solar System 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 Moon (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and War of the Worlds (1953). On June 11, 1986, while working on a painting, he passed away at his home in Carmel, California.

Bonestell received a bronze medal from the British Interplanetary Society, a Special Achievement Hugo Award, and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists' Chesley Award for achievement in science fiction and fantasy art is named for him, and a crater on Mars and asteroid 3129 Bonestell are also named in his honor.










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