This is another art treasure that I stumbled across recently. Apparently, this is an alternate poster image created for Paramount's Star Trek - The Motion Picture campaign, painted by the incredible Bob Peak. It's a very striking composition, although probably too low key and sedate for what the studio was trying to sell to audiences as an epic science fiction adventure - and I do like the art they went with for the one-sheet better.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I never saw this painting before coming upon it online a short while ago. Does anyone know if this was used on any 1979-vintage Trek merchandise or in promoting the film in non-U.S. markets?