Signed with the artist's monogram and dated '1918' (lower left)
tempera on board
17¼ x 24¼ in. (43 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1918
Roerich Museum Collection, 1924-1935.
Louis Horch Collection, New York, circa 1935.
Nicholas Roerich, List of Paintings 1917-1924. MS, Nicholas Roerich Museum Archive, No. 21, listed as Kamen' vozhdya (Stone of the Chieftain).
The Nicholas Roerich Exhibition. With Introduction and Catalogue of the Paintings by Christian Brinton. 1920-1921-1922. New York: Redfield-Kendrick-Odell Company, 1921, No. 79, listed as The Giant's Grave.
Roerich. Himalaya. Articles by F.Grant and others. New York: Brentano's Publishers, 1926, p. 196, listed as Stone of the Leader. Roerich Museum Catalogue. 8th ed. New York: Roerich Museum, 1930, No. 79, listed as The Giant's Grave.
Nicholas Rörich Separatutställning. 10-30 November 1918. Gummesons Konsthall, Stockholm, No. 38.
Nicholas Rörich, Maleriudstilling fra 10. Januar. Kunstdl. Henry Schou, Ovenlyssalen, Bredgade 34, No. 38.
Nicholas Roerich, Salon Strindberg, Konstutställning, 1919, No. 38.
Nicholas Roerich. Spells of Russia: Catalogue. The Goupil Gallery, London, 1920, No. 50, listed as The Giant's Grave.
Nicholas Roerich. Spells of Russia: Catalogue. The Public Art Gallery, Worthing, 1920, No. 122, listed as The Giant's Grave.
The Nicholas Roerich exhibition, 1920, 1921, 1922, Catalogue of the Paintings by Christian Brinton, 1921, No. 79.
The present lot is one of the many Lake Ladoga scenes, painted by Nicholas Roerich in 1917-1918, while staying in Karelia. At one point the original title was translated into English as The Giant's Grave, but later, in his List of Paintings 1917-1924, the artist crossed out Grobnitsa (The Grave) and kept the original title Kamen' vozhdya - Stone of the Leader (or Chieftain).
We would like to thank Gvido Trepsha of the Nicholas Roerich Museum for his assistance in cataloguing the present lot.