Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset

Media - 1978.40.4 - SAAM-1978.40.4_1 - 52857
Copied Alma Thomas, Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 47 7847 78 in. (121.6121.6 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1978.40.4

Artwork Details

Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset
47 7847 78 in. (121.6121.6 cm.)
lower right in acrylic: AW Thomas/'70 back upper left to upper center in pen: Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset/70/48 x 48" back upper center in pen: TOP/AT-20 stretcher upper left in ballpoint pen and ink: Snoopy--Earth Wraps in Sunset stretcher upper center in felt pen: AT-20 back upper right in pen: Alma W. Thomas/70
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Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
  • Abstract
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Artwork Description

In Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset, Thomas’s reverence for the beauty of living things expands to a planetary scale. Captivated by astronauts’ accounts of seeing Earth from outer space, Thomas portrayed our planet enlivened by the reflected light of the sun.

“Snoopy” was the nickname for the Apollo 8 lunar module, a reference to the Peanuts comic strip character (who was also a NASA mascot) and the module’s job of flying around the moon to “snoop” for a promising landing site. Thomas would likely have seen the widely circulated photograph taken from “Snoopy” as it orbited the moon. Known as Earthrise, the image shows a partly illuminated, vibrant Earth as it rises above the surface of the moon.


Media - 1978.40.3 - SAAM-1978.40.3_2 - 137737
Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas
September 15, 2023June 2, 2024
The exhibition Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas provides an intimate view of Alma Thomas’ evolving artistic practices during her most prolific period from 1959 to her death in 1978.