Roerich Nicholas, “St. Moritz”, 1923

Nicholas ROERICH

(Saint-Petersburg, 1874 – 1947, Naggar)

St. Moritz

1923

Oil on board, 30.5 х 41 см

Presentation

Nicholas Roerich was an important figure of mountain paintings in the early 20th century. He was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, perceived by some in Russia as an enlightener, philosopher, and public figure. In his youth was he was quite influenced by a movement in Russian society around the occult and was interested in hypnosis and other spiritual practices. His paintings are said to have hypnotic expression.

His paintings can be seen in several museums including the Roerich Department of the State Museum of Oriental Arts in Moscow; the Roerich Museum at the International Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow; the Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia; a collection in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow; a collection in the Art Museum in Novosibirsk, Russia; an important collection in the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia, Bulgaria; a collection in the Art Museum in Nizhny Novgorod Russia; National Museum of Serbia ; the Roerich Hall Estate in Nagar village in Kullu Valley, India; the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram, India; in various art museums in India; and a selection featuring several of his larger works in The Latvian National Museum of Art.

Condition report:

The painting is in excellent condition.

Provenance:

Poorman’s Gallery, New York;

Acquired directly from the above by the present owner, circa 1963;

Private collection, Switzerland.

Bibliography:

Roerich Museum Catalogue, New York, 1930, no. 287.

Exhibitions:

New York, Roerich Museum (permanent collection) until 1935

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