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Original painting of the 'ashy layer' by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov
Original painting entitled 'The Ashy Layer' by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, accomplished in gouache on 21.75 x 13.75 artist's board, prominently signed on the reverse in pencil in Cyrillic by Leonov, and dated 1989. The painting depicts a mirage-like image of the moon in the Earth’s atmosphere, caused by an ‘ashy layer’ that refracts the moon’s light as it passes through. This 'ashy layer' was conceived by Leonov as the subject of his master's thesis; Leonov was able to prove its existence when he flew in space. This painting was later turned into a limited edition print. The painting itself is in fine condition; the back of the painting has old tape along the edges, some surface loss, and a mounting strip covering one word of Leonov's handwriting. Accompanied by a photograph of Leonov with the painting (which has since been unframed).
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