Important Silver, Objects of Vertu and Russian Works of Art
11 April 2003
NIKOLAI KONSTANTINOVICH RERIKH [ROERICH] (1874-1947)
Ocean Series: Strength
USD 40,000 - USD 60,000
signed with monogram (lower left)
tempera on board
painted in 1922 on Monhegan Island, Maine
Roerich Museum, New York Louis and Nettie Horch
Aquarian Educational Group, Sedona Arizona
Please note the correct medium is pastels on paper laid onto board.
Roerich Corona Mundi International Art Center,(New York, 1924), ill. Roerich Museum Catalogue, (New York, 1930), p. 17, n. 185 Decter, J. Nicholas Roerich: The Life and Art of a Russian Master, (London, 1989), p. 116, ill. (with the incorrect measurements)
Roerich Museum, New York, 1930, n. 185
The above canvas "aptly titled Strength, depicts a cliff jutting out into the ocean. The shape of the cliff distinctly resembles the profile of a long-nosed, defiant-jawed stone giant, his eye veiled by a long, thin cloud and his beard formed by the rocks against which the surf crashes". (Decter, J. Nicholas Roerich: The Life and Art of a Russian Master, (London, 1989), p. 116).
We are grateful to Daniel Entin, director of the Roerich Museum in New York and Gvido Trepsa for providing information on this lot.