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Picturesque painting “Tibet. Himalayas ”was created by Roerich under the impression of the harsh winter that he found during an expedition to Central Asia. The work is imbued with admiration for the greatness of the mountains and the thrill of being in a sacred place. Lovingly and restrained, the artist writes this island of traditional values, the remote cradle of cultural heritage away from the hustle and bustle of modern civilization.
Most of the composition is occupied by the snowy peaks of Tibet and the cold winter sky. At the foot of the heaps settled settlers' houses, modest turrets of Buddhist temples, gilded by the soft light of the setting sun.
The canvas is painted in cold, restrained tones that convey winter coloring well. The artist worked using the techniques of tempera painting. This allowed the picture to be airy and foggy, like an elusive vision. Colors delicately change one into another, do not irritate the eyes and seem to create a weightless cool haze.
The sky is created using the color stretch technique. The transparent blue gradually descends and dissolves in the bright, gentle horizon, where the silhouettes of distant peaks are guessed. Gigantic massifs create an image of calm confidence, inviolability and elevation. They do not crush with their power, but invite to taste a world alien to greed, greed and other topical vices.
In this fabulous land, the Tibetan settlement is perhaps the last bastion of a pacified spirit. This is contemplation and wise conquest of the unhurried flow of life, the conscious acceptance of oneself and the "wheel" of life, its laws and ancient secrets.
The masterpiece of the brush of the great artist is stored in the public domain “Museum of Nicholas Roerich, New York, USA.
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