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Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich

Russian Federation (18741947 ) - Artworks
ROERICH Nicolaj Konstantinov Secrets Of The Walls

Gene Shapiro /Feb 28, 2015
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Variants on Artist's name :

Rerikh Nicolay Konstantin.

Roerich Nikolai Kostantinovich

Roerich Nicholas

 

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Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Himalayas

Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Himalayas

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Lot number: 44
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Various properties Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (Russian, 1874-1947) Himalayas, 1940 signed with artist's monogram (lower right); further titled, signed and numbered '53' (on verso) tempera on canvas 47.5 x 79cm (18 11/16 x 31 1/8in). unframed Footnotes Provenance Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner directly from the artist, c. 1930 Himalayas was painted during the last decade of Nikolai Roerich's life, which he spent in his estate in Kullu, a Western Himalayan valley located in Himachal Pradesh. During this time (1938–1947) he created about fourteen hundred paintings, a staggering output that marks a distinct and productive stage in his career. The majority of works from this period are currently in museums in Russia and India; the rest are mostly in private collections in India. There, in 1979, Roerich's paintings were declared national "art treasures" and were therefore banned from export. The present lot is one of the very few paintings from this period in private hands outside India. Nikolai Roerich is the only non-Indian of a total of nine artists whose works in India have been elevated to the highest status of national treasures. He is recognized unanimously as the unsurpassed "Master of Mountains," particularly regarding his beloved Himalaya. Roerich came to India in 1923 and spent his first year there painting Himalayan vistas that opened up from Darjeeling, as well as views from travels through Sikkim and Nepal. It was during this time that he found a renewed sense of creativity and artistic inspiration. For a philosopher and mystic, such as he was his whole life, the mountains were the best earthly counterparts to the shapes and sounds of the world's intangible subtleties. Their majestic forms helped him tell the story of his spiritual journey in terms that people from all walks of life could understand and connect to. In his own words: "Where can one find words with which to praise the Creator, after seeing the incomparable beauty of the Himalayas? ... Along the paths of the Guru, along the peaks of the Rishi, along the mountain paths of the pilgrims of the spirit, lies that treasure, which no torrents of rain can wear away, nor any lightning turn to ashes. He who walks towards the Good, is blessed on all paths." The present work is a quintessential example of Roerich's Himalayan landscapes. He depicts his timeless surroundings as a place of extremes. On one hand, you have the strong, dark blue outlines in the foreground that indicate a harsh, forbidding landscape. On the other, the mountain peaks in the background are treated with such lightness and delicacy that they seem almost to disappear into the sky above. The rich, nuanced range of blue tones exemplifies his intimate knowledge of how light transforms the mountain landscape. He is able to capture the moment when the pale dawn touches the rough rock faces and brings them to life. The present work constitutes a rare masterpiece by Roerich from the final period of his creative life. The verso of the painting bears the markings of the artist characteristic for this period. The title Himalayas and the signature are indisputably in his own hand. The number 53 enclosed in the double triangle corresponds to the list of his paintings for the year 1940. The numbers 11 and 25 most likely refer to the catalogue numbers of the exhibitions in India to which this painting was sent during the period between 1940 and 1947. We are grateful to Gvido Trepša, Senior Researcher at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, for his assistance in researching the present lot and for providing this note.
Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Banner Of Peace

Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Banner Of Peace

Original 1931
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Lot number: 142
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Description: *ROERICH, NICHOLAS (1874-1947), Banner of Peace , signed twice with monograms “NR” and “MR”, inscribed “pax cultura” and dated 1931, further numbered “No. 38” on the reverse. Pencil and tempera on paper, laid on board, 15 by 23 cm (sheet size). Provenance: Roerich Museum, New York, USA, 1932–1935. Collection of Nettie and Louis Horch, USA, from 1935. Thence by descent. Private collection, USA. Exhibited: Roerich Museum, New York (permanent collection), 1932, No. 38. Banner of Peace, 1935-2015. Exhibition of Works by N. and S. Roerich Dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the Signing of the Roerich Pact , MacDougall’’’’s, London, 25 February–13 March 2015. Literature: Nicholas Roerich’’’’s personal list of paintings from 1931, listed as “No. 38. Znamya mira”. Roerich Museum, inventory list (1931–1935), listed as “Banner of Peace. 1931. $500, sent to Paris for making postcard and later transshipped to New-York.” The present lot is a painting of the Banner of Peace , a symbol of the cause that earned Nicholas Roerich the nomination for the Nobel Peace prize in 1929 and which culminated in the signing of the Roerich Peace Pact by Franklin D. Roosevelt and representatives of twenty Latin American countries at the White House on 15 April, 1935. The Peace Pact called for the Banner of Peace to be flown over important cultural buildings and monuments to protect them from the destruction of war. The signing of the Peace Pact, “represented the culmination of Roerich’’’’s thirty-six year effort to focus international attention on the importance of preserving and protecting the world’’’’s cultural legacy.” (Jacqueline Decter, Nicholas Roerich , 1989) The painting portrays the symbol of the Roerich Peace Pact within a banner and with the words, “Pax Cultura” or “Peace through Culture” written underneath. To Roerich, Peace through Culture was an important belief and guided his many artistic works, as well as his teachings and organizational activities. As the artist stated, “Where there is Peace, there is Culture; Where there is Culture there is Peace.” The symbol of the three dots within a circle appears in about ten of Roerich’’’’s known works. This painting is the most official representation and the most widely-known painting of the Banner of Peace worldwide.
Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - The Monastery Alexander Newsky In St. Petersburg

Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - The Monastery Alexander Newsky In St. Petersburg

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Petersburg - 1947 Naggar (India) Notes: The Monastery Alexander Newsky in St. Petersburg. Oil on wood. 31 x 40cm. Framed. Verso: Several old adhesive labels on the panel: - Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis 1904 - Brandeis University Art Collection, Waltham, Massachusetts with the inventory no. 1971.692 R - U.S. customs note. Mr. Gvido Trepsa of the Roerich Museum in New York has been presented a photo of this painting in November 2014 and he confirmed the attribution to Roerich via e-mail. About seventy of the architecture studies Roerich made while travelling Russia around 1903 were afterwards exhibited in St. Louis, Missouri. The present work is listed under catalogue number 420 and it has been acquired by the New York Roerich Museum together with six more "Studies from Old Russia" in 1931. Since 1935 the work was in private ownership and subsequently it was in several American museums as a loan. Amongst others it was exhibited in the Brandeis University Collection, Waltham, Massachusetts in 1971. Artist or Maker: ROERICH, NIKOLAI KONSTANTINOVITCH
Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Secrets Of The Walls

Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Secrets Of The Walls

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Lot number: 100
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Description: NIKOLAI KONSTANTINOVICH ROERICH (RUSSIAN 1874-1947) Secrets of the Walls , 1920 mixed media on canvas 50.5 x 76 cm (19 7/8 x 30 in.) monogrammed lower left LOT NOTES : The composition of Secrets of the Walls is nearly devoid of human presence, with the two lone figures dwarfed by the stern edges of the fortress and the promise of mountainous wilderness beyond its gates. As observed by Liudmila Korotkina, "nature, in [Roerich's] mind, is inseparably linked with human activities" (ref: Nicolay Roerich , (Leningdrad: Aurora, 1976), p. 6. The man-made landscape, in its pathetic fallacy, appears victorious in its ability to endure over generations of men passing by its walls. The bold combinations of burnt oranges and sparkling yellows contrast with the plum purples, showing the living fortress bathed in the midday sun. PROVENANCE : John T. Spaulding, Boston, 1920s Private Collection, California, until 1957 Private Collection, acquired from the above Sotheby's, New York, April 21-22, 2009, lot 44 Acquired by the present owner from the above EXHIBITED : Kingor Galleries, New York, December 1920-January 1921 Boston Art Club, Boston, February 1921 LITERATURE : Christian Brinton, The Nicholas Roerich Exhibition , (New York, 1921), no. 174 Corona Mundi International Art Center, Roerich , (New York, 1924), pl. [35] F. Grant et al., Roerich, Himalaya, A Monograph , (New York, 1926), p. 198 Elena Yakovleva, N.K. Roerich's Theater and Decorative Art , (Czech Republic, 1996), p. 70, ill.
Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Trees, Sketch For A Painting

Nicolaj Konstantinov Roerich - Trees, Sketch For A Painting

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Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (Russian, 1874-1947) Trees, sketch for a painting signed with artist's monogram (lower left); stretcher inscribed with numbers '216' and '64' gouache and tempera on canvas 45 x 25cm (17 11/16 x 9 13/16in). Footnotes Provenance Nettie and Louis Horch collection, New York, c. 1935. Thence by descent. Private collection from 2010. Literature Paintings by Nicholas Roerich , 8th ed., New York: Roerich Museum catalogue, 1930, page 16, item 166
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