one signed, inscribed and dated in pencil 'A mon ami Aksel Gallen-Kallela/N. Roerich/31.III.191?/Helsinki' (lower left) and with inscription 'Luutnantti Gallen Kallela/valtionhoitajan adjutantii' (on a label on the reverse) and stamped 1434 (on the reverse); one signed in Cyrillic 'N. Rerikh' (lower left)
tempera and coloured chalks, one with pencil, on textured paper laid on board
18 5/8 x 18¼ in. (47.3 x 46.4 cm.); 18½ x 18 5/8 in. (47 x 47.3 cm.) (2)
Nikolai Roerich visited Finland for the first time with his family in 1907, returning to Lake Ladoga in 1916 following illness. During this time he painted some 20-30 works of similar size depicting the Finnish landscape, including 'Gray Finland', 'Imatra' and 'Lavola'. Onni Okkonen, the Finnish critic observed: 'It's interesting...how strangely alienated our own Karelian landscapes have become under his [Roerich's] treatment.'
We are grateful to Barbro Schauman for her assistance in cataloguing the present lot.