For almost as long as I have had a serious interest in the Soviet space program, I have been enjoying Soviet space art. In addition to providing a different perspective of the vision of space exploration, these paintings frequently provide depictions of events of the Soviet space program that do not exist in the photographic record of these flights.
About 30 years ago, a friend of mine living in Lithuania (then part of the USSR) sent me some post card collections of Soviet space art which I recently rediscovered while searching through my archives. The following paintings come from a card collection released in 1989 by Izobrazitelnoye Iskusstvo Publishers in Moscow entitled Star Way of Humanity. What follows are the paintings in this collection from Soviet artists with the original English language translations (and transliterations) of the descriptions included on the back of the cards.
“Orbiting Station ‘Apollo-Soyuz’” (1980) by Aleksey Leonov
The world’s first international complex immediately after docking of the “Soyuz” and “Apollo” spaceships over the Mediterranean in the area of Italy.
“Tribute to Yuri Gagarin” (1981) by Vladimir Janibekov
This work is the artist’s tribute to the man who paved the road to outer space.