Svetoslav Roerich began as a painter and portraitist and reached the highest craftsmanship in this genre. A distinctive feature of his creative work was his desire to perceive deeply the character of the one whose portrait he was painting. As he observed, “We must always remember that a successful portrait is more than just resemblance.” The canvases created by his brush are elegant, iconic, and amazingly precise in conveying the spiritual and emotional image of his subject. Even in a brief encounter with Roerich’s paintings, one feels the artist’s enormous creative range where, in addition to portraits, he turns to landscape, epic, genre, and symbolic painting. In all of these he shows himself as a virtuoso master and inspired experimenter. Magic of feelings, thoughts, and strong desires of great masters is captured in a piece of art. It is irradiated on the spectator and awakens in him similar emotional response, beside purely energetic and spiritual understanding of what is spoken about. We respond to more perfect combinations and call them beautiful. Such is the extraordinary power of art, its hidden strength always present and active in a great creation.
This work comes with an Authentication Certificate, Provenance and Curatorial Note on the artwork.