signed with artist's monogram and dated '1925' (lower right)
tempera on canvasboard laid on board
29.8 x 40cm (11 3/4 x 15 3/4in).
Roerich Museum, c. 1935
Collection of Nettie and Louis Horsh, USA, from 1935
Acquired from the above by a private American collector
Private collection, California, 1970s
Thence by descent in the family, c.1990
F. Grant et al., Roerich, Himalaya, A Monograph, New York: Brentano Publ., 1926, listed p.200, illustrated p. 158
Roerich Museum Catalogue, New York, Roerich Museum, 1930,listed on p. 25.
Featured on the dust jacket of Alan Arkin, Halfway through the door. An actor's journey towards the self, Harper and Row, 1979
The present work is one of 27 paintings from a series entitled 'Sanctuaries and Citadels' (Святыни и Твердыни), completed by the artist in 1925-1926. Thwo-months long stay at Ladakh made a lasting impression on the artist who was captivated by architectural monuments, monasteries and palaces perched on the cliffs and mountain tops as if themselves were part of the heroic majestic landscape.
We are grateful to Mr. Gvido Trepša, Director of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York for his kind assistance with research on the present lot.