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Nicholas Roerich spent many years with his family on an expedition to the East of Eurasia. They visited many countries: India, Tibet, China, Mongolia. But most of all the artist was shocked not by city landscapes, but by nature. The work “Temple in Naggar” is a celebration of man-made and natural art.
In this work we see a large temple surrounded by mountains. For followers of Hinduism, this place is a revered shrine. Lost deep in the mountains, the Tripura Sundari temple, to any pilgrim, will seem like a real gem. The building is located in the north of India, in the small town of Naggar. Roerich depicted Tripur Sundari as if we were looking at him from a high mountain. This mountain is not visible, but from it we can consider all the details of the Hindu temple.
The construction consists of a three-tier acute-angled roof. This method of building temples is very common in India. Around the building, we see several smaller houses in which the local monks probably live. All houses and the temple are surrounded by a high fence.
But the temple is protected not only by the erected fence. The main watchmen are the majestic Himalayas. Roerich during his expeditions traveled a lot in the mountains. The Himalayas have become his favorite place and eternal source of inspiration. Behind the temple is a high mountain range. The artist preferred to use an exceptionally cold gamut of colors when working on this painting.
It is very difficult to understand what time the artist portrayed. At first glance, it might seem like twilight. The sun has already set below the horizon, but the mountains still retain a charge of solar heat and glow from the inside. But this impression is misleading. If you look closely, you can see that the snow-white mountains in the background shine in the sun. Snowy peaks reflect light and give bright colors to the work. Probably, the artist depicted earlier in the morning when the sun only appeared a couple of hours ago in the sky. Some of the rays have already illuminated the mountain range, but a small temple located on a low mountain has not yet received well-deserved light.
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