During his life, Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich created more than 7,000 paintings. From an early age, the boy was attracted to the rich cultural heritage of Russia, but at the same time he was interested in the culture of the East. After graduating from high school, Nicholas entered both the Faculty of Law of the University and the Academy of Arts. Studying at the same time in two higher educational institutions was incredibly difficult, but Roerich coped with this dilemma. While still a gymnasium student, he began to independently conduct archaeological excavations, and achieved great success in this matter.
As an artist, N.K. Roerich created many genre, historical paintings. All of his canvases testify to a deep knowledge of historical material - Nikolai Konstantinovich took up work only when he was sure that his knowledge in a particular area of history was enough to write a serious and historically true picture. Roerich believed that sooner or later art would unite humanity, and as a public figure did everything to make this time come faster.
Painting And we are not afraid of the Sancta series, dedicated to the life of Russian religious ascetics. Concise, clear, pure in color paintings were a real revelation in the artistic culture of the early twentieth century. Russian nature and ancient Russian architecture were recreated by a master with special skill.
On the canvas, the viewer can see two monks talking about something enthusiastically. Both are dressed in black monastic hoodies, distinguished by dark spots against a majestic sunset sky. A young bear stands calmly at the feet of the eldest of the monks. This animal is a direct indication that the painting depicts St. Sergius. It was he who, left alone in the middle of the forest, lived in seclusion for several years. At this time, Sergius tamed the bear, who used to come to the monk for food. To write this story, Roerich used rather bright, but soft tones of a cold shade. Such a range helped him achieve the perfect color rendition of a snowy plain and a distant mountain covered with snow.
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