Welcome Back to Earth 1963


Welcome Back to Earth

Catalogue raisonné no. 23

Artist's CR 020



Acrylic and oil on canvas, in a 'diamond' orientation

60 x 60 inches / 0 cm

Selected Citations and Comments

Welcome Back to Earth commemorates the return of astronaut Gordon Cooper in May 1963 after completing twenty-two orbits of the earth on the last of the Mercury missions.

The original version of this painting (with a green background) was stolen from Laing’s Fournier Street studio in London while he was in New York. It was repainted (with a yellow background) for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, ‘Images from Space’ exhibition, 1995.

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