Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (Russian, 1874-1947)
Sanctuaries and Citadels tempera on canvas laid on board 50 1/2 x 71cm (19 11/16 x 27 15/16in).
PROVENANCE Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, 1925-1935 Collection of Nettie and Louis Horch, USA, from 1935 Acquired from the above by the present owner, c. 1974
LITERATURE F. Grant et al., Roerich, Himalaya, A Monograph, New York, Brentano Publ., 1926, p. 200. Roerich Museum Catalogue, New York, Roerich Museum, 1930, p. 25, no.583608.
The present lot probably belongs to Sanctuaries and Citadels, a series of 27 paintings that Nikolai Roerich created in August and September of 1925 while he was travelling in the Ladakh region of Northern India. The photo taken at that time seems to be of the same place: the view from the Tik-tse monastery down to the Indus valley, only from a more distant vantage point.
We are grateful to Mr. Gvido Trepa, Senior Researcher at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York for his assistance with research on the present lot.