St. Sergius of Radonezh - Nicholas Roerich. 153.3 x 107.2 cm.
Nikolay Konstantinovich Roerich is an extremely extraordinary person. Such versatility and ambiguous views on the world order could not but affect his works.
Nicholas Roerich and his wife loved to travel the world in search of "places of power." At the beginning of the 20th century, the Roerichs began a large-scale trip to Russian lands. A little later they made an expedition to Central Asia, where they were influenced by a variety of Eastern spiritual practices. So began a special period in the work of the master.
The painting "St. Sergius of Radonezh" was painted in 1932. The canvas is unique in its stylistic aspect. It can not be attributed to a specific genre. Medieval ruble motifs, eastern mysticism and modernism slip here.
Characteristic of the artist’s creations is the tempera technique and the experimental approach to color. This is also visible in Sergius.
At first glance, the traditional figure of the saint is made in a completely non-canonical color scheme. The viewer's attention is focused on blue and pink shades. Nikolai Konstantinovich believed that the mood can be conveyed in the image only with a bold combination of colors. The master, keen on syncretic spiritual teachings, also easily combined different artistic styles.
On the image, Rev. Sergius of Radonezh patronizingly holds an Orthodox church. Russian people, and in particular Roerich himself, considered the saint to be the defender of his native land, which, according to legend, he repeatedly defended. Over time, Roerich himself declared that St. Sergius protected the painting that was transferred to the Russian Museum in Prague. The museum suffered significant damage due to an attack by the Nazi troops, but Roerich’s painting itself miraculously survived.