Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich (Russian, 1874-1947)
Karelian study, from Ladoga series, 1918
signed with monogram and dated '1918' (lower left); with inscriptions and inventory numbers (on verso)
pencil and tempera on paper laid on board
19 x 38cm (7 1/2 x 14 15/16in).
Presented by the artist to Imogen Cunningham, a prominent photographer, San Francisco, circa 1921
Collection of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) and her husband, artist Roi George Partridge (1888-1984)
Presented by Imogen Cunningham to the family of the present owner, between 1921-1934
Thence by descent
Helsinki, Salon Strindberg, Nicholas Roerich, Taidenäyttely (Nicholas Roerich Art Exhibition), 1919, no. 118
New York, Kingor Galleries; Boston, Boston Art Club; Buffalo, Albright Art Gallery; Chicago, Art Institute; St Louis, City Art Museum; San Francisco, The Nicholas Roerich Exhibition, 1920–1921, no. 166
Among the inscriptions on verso, several are in Roerich's hand. Thus, the number "118" and "Этюд" refer to the exhibition in Helsinki, which the catalogue lists as "118. Skiss från Karelen" in Swedish, and "118. Karjalasta. (Harjoitelmia)" in Finnish. The inscription "To Imogen C. Partridge(?). N Roerich" is partly in the artist's hand (his signature and the starting "To").
The original label 'No 166 — Rocks and Cliffs — Ladoga Series — $200' refers to the 1920-1923 exhibition tour.
Nicholas Roerich, Taidenäyttely (Nicholas Roerich Art Exhibition), Salon Strindberg, Helsinki, 1919, p. 7, cat. no. 118
Christian Brinton, The Nicholas Roerich Exhibition, Redfield-Kendrick-Odell Company, Inc., New York, 1920, no. 166 (nos. 152–172, listed collectively as: Rocks and Cliffs — Ladoga Series)
We are grateful to Mr Gvido Trepša, Senior Researcher at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.