Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (Russian, 1874-1947)
Mont Blanc, 1923
inscribed '14'/'Winter'/Nicholas Roerich' and dated '1923', with further numbers and inscriptions (on verso)
tempera on board
30 x 40cm (11 3/4 x 15 3/4in).
Roerich Museum, New York, 1923–1935.
Nettie and Louis Horch, New York, from 1935.
Dr. Carlos Giro, New York, 1960s.
Private collection, USA, 1994-2006.
Gene Shapiro Auction, 16 November 2013, lot 133.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
New York, Roerich Museum, 1924–1935 (permanent exhibition).
N.Roerich. List of Paintings, 1917-1924, Autograph, Nicholas Roerich Museum archive, No. 14 in year 1923.
F. Grant et al., Roerich. Himalaya, New York, Brentano Publication, 1926, page 199.
Roerich Museum Catalogue, New York, 1930, page 18, no. 290.
The present work is one of only six paintings executed by Nikolai Roerich in July-August of 1923 during his short stay in the Swiss Alps. The unusual composition, with its focus on the snow-covered peaks, is noteworthy. The cool colour palette of pearl grey, snowy white and dark blue is fresh and airy. Shortly thereafter these colours would give way to much warmer, earthier tones, which became prevalent on the artist's canvases after his expedition to India.
Please note that this lot is tempera and oil on board Обращаем Ваше внимание на то, что данный лот - темпера, масло на дереве