Robert McCall Preliminary Concept Original Painting for 2001: A Space Odyssey
Robert McCall is one of the great Sci-Fi/Space artists in the world. This is a beautiful 19 1/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. painting accomplished with acrylic on matte board by McCall. The painting is an early undated concept for 2001: A Space Odyssey, later possibly used to help publicize the film along with a number of other McCall images created specifically for publicity use around the time of the movie’s release. The actual image is an idea for the Discovery’s Rescue/Repair Pod emerging through a stylized “Stargate” in outer space. Interestingly, the pod, at least to some extent, more resembles an early idea for the “Aries” lunar lander, further evidence of the painting’s creation having occurred relatively early in the film’s production design phase.