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    Chesley K. Bonestell - "Double Star" Painting Original Art (undated). Born in San Francisco, Chesley Bonestell was a painter, printmaker, and designer, perhaps most celebrated for his space subjects. Chesley studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute and his strong interest in astronomy soon informed his artwork. Chesley also studied architecture at Columbia University, and was hired by Willis Polk in Berkeley, serving as their chief designer. He worked for Hollywood studios as a matte artist from 1938 to the 1950s and did backgrounds and special effects for outer-space themed movies. His work is in the permanent collections of the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Vincent DiFate, in his SF art monograph, Infinite Worlds has written, "A reluctant participant in SF, his paintings were nonetheless essential in validating the use of astronomical art as an alternative to the garish and meretricious pulp covers that once dominated the magazine stands. His works stand with J. Allen St. John, Frank R. Paul and Richard M. Powers as consequential in molding the look of modern science fiction illustration." This oil on board painting has an image area of 14.75" x 19.25", and is in Excellent condition. This image of a binary star system was identified as the RW Persei system and appeared on page 283 of the Time-Life book, The World We Live In.From the collection of Richard and Wendy Pini. Richard says: "When I worked at the planetarium in Boston's Museum of Science, there were a number of Bonestell pieces that had once been on display, but were sadly being neglected and stored badly. When I left my job there, the director (who knew of my science fiction leanings) asked if I would like either of these paintings as a parting gift. Screwing up my courage, I asked if I could have both. Both paintings appear in "The World We Live In," and the "Double Star" also appeared as the cover to the December 1954 issue of Life magazine."

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