Combat of Astro Beings II
by Raquel Forner
Raquel Forner (1902–1988) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was known for her fascination with outer space and its exploration. Forner’s work can be seen in two phases: human suffering and the mysteries of the universe. After visiting southern Argentina in 1942, Forner felt a strong need to conceptualize her concern for human suffering. The isolated, primitive landscape she saw elicited feelings of war and destruction. Forner’s use of desolated landscape foreshadows her later fascination with moonscapes and planetary exploration. Forner also painted Return of the Astronaut in 1969 for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.