The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 30, 2014


Bonhams Offers Rare Svetoslav Roerich Painting Modelled on His Father, the Legendary Nicholas Roerich
Svyatoslav Nikolaevich Roerich (Russian, 1904-1993), Double sided portrait of Nicholas Roerich. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- A double-sided painting entitled ‘King Solomon’ by Svetoslav Roerich is one of the top lots in the Russian Sale taking place in New Bond Street on 1st December. Estimated to sell for £300,000 – 400,000, this work has never been exhibited or published before and has only previously been known to a small group of specialists.

One of only two existing works from the unfinished series of paintings depicting the most important religious figures and spiritual teachers of the past, this magnificent portrait was painted in 1923 in Paris where Roerich stopped on his way to India.

Roerich’s interpretation of King Solomon, who built the first Temple of Jerusalem, is instilled with complex symbolism and is depicted as a vehicle for mystical experience: his Solomon has tasted from the chalice of his fate and sacrificed himself for the creation of the Great Temple. This symbolic interpretation was most likely suggested by the Roerich’s father, the legendary Nicholas Roerich who wrote the essay ‘Strings of Earth’ about Solomon’s desire to build a unified Temple.

Consequently, Svetoslav Roerich decided to model the portrait of King Solomon on the likeness of his father, who was indeed considered a spiritual teacher and cultural leader at the time. As a result, this interesting portrait can be seen as the personification of Nicholas Roerich as the celebrated builder of the Temple, known for his great wisdom, wealth and power.

The reverse side of the painting reveals Roerich’s talent as an illustrator. The scene of the falcon hunt is one of a series of illustrations for the edition of European Fairy Tales commissioned in France in 1923, but the series was never completed.

A magnificent painting of the Himalayas by Nicholas Roerich, entitled ‘‘Himalayas, from Ting-kye Dzong’ is estimated to sell for £80,000 – 100,000. The painting was executed in 1928 in Darjeeling, India where Nicholas Roerich and his expedition party arrived after crossing Mongolia and Tibet. The painting is characteristic of Roerich’s ability to turn a mountain landscape into a symbol of life’s grandeur and beauty. Roerich only needed a few lines to create a scene of exceptional beauty and grandeur making it easy to see why he became known as the ‘master of mountains’.

A second work by Nicholas Roerich is also offered in the sale estimated at £15,000 – 20,000, a sketch depicting a colourful scene of trees in a landscape setting.





Today's News

October 26, 2010

Fifty Paintings and Drawings by Antoni Tapies on View at the Palau Fabre Foundation

Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open Miller House and Garden for Public Tours in May 2011

Exhibition Explores Both the Celebrity of, and the Woman Behind, One of the World's Most Recognizable Icons

On the Anniversary of the Birth of Pablo Picasso, Museo Picasso Málaga Presents New Acquisitions

Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale in NY Expected to Exceed $240 Million

Tate Archive Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with Display and Over Forty Pledged Gifts to the Collection

Colour and Modernism by Vida Lahey at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Acquires Two Works by Renowned American Artist Anne Truitt

RM Announces Diverse Offering of Collector Cars for Two-Day Arizona Sale

Vancouver Art Gallery Permanent Collection Reaches Important Milestone, Now Over 10,000 Works

The New York Public Library Explores Three of the World's Largest Religions in Exhibition

The Birth of an International Pastime: Sotheby's to Sell the Rules that Invented The Game of Basketball

Bonhams to Sell Paintings by Coronation Artist of Ford Cars Made in Dagenham

500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets Achieves $14 Million at Christie's

Harley-Davidson Museum to Pay Tribute to Vets

Bonhams Offers Rare Svetoslav Roerich Painting Modelled on His Father, the Legendary Nicholas Roerich

Andrew Deutsch & Ann Hamilton: The First Line (Sounds for Drawing) at Tampa Museum of Art

The Man in Black will Be Bringing in Some Green when Johnny Cash's Personal Belongings Sell

Christie's New York to Sell a Seminal Pop Art Masterpiece by Andy Warhol at Fall Auction

Kathleen Guzman Appointed Managing Director of Recently Opened Heritage Auctions New York

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Opens Trevor Southey: Reconciliation

Swiss Jewelry Designer Suzanne Syz Opens First Exhibition in New York at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Nathan Slate Joseph Expands on Iconic Series from Earlier Periods at Sundaram Tagore

Galleria Maurer Zilioli Presents Exhibition of Photos of Regions that have Been Devastated by Forest Fires

Sotheby's Auction of 19th Century European Art to Include Important Works by Giovanni Boldini

Creator of TV Cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle Dies

Thought-Provoking New Exhibit by Elaine Ling Documents the Parallels Between Two Opposite Worlds

Professor Dean Hawkes Named Winner of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2010

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site