22 APRIL 2009 | 10:00 AM EDT
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK
Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 USD
LOT SOLD. 434,500 USD
MONHEGAN, MAINE (HOPE) FROM THE SERIES OCEAN, 1922
oil on burlap
23 by 34 in.
58.5 by 86.5 cm
Collection of Louis and Nettie Horch, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner, circa 1977
New York, Nicholas Roerich Museum (permanent collection), 1923-1935
Coroni Mundi International Art Center, Roerich, New York, 1924, pl. , illustrated
F. Grant et al., Roerich, Himalaya, A Monograph, New York, 1926, p. 199
Roerich Museum Catalogue, New York, 1930, no. 191
In 1922 Roerich traveled to Monhegan, a secluded island off the coast of Maine which he painted in several compelling compositions. Roerich's trip to Monhegan was momentous, for it was there that he convinced his closest American followers and patrons to establish the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, as well as other cultural institutions. It was also there that he convinced them to fund his journey to Central Asia, where he spent the rest of his life and painted many of his best-known series.