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Svyatoslav Roerich - the son of the artist Nicholas Roerich, began drawing and sculpting from an early age. His mother, Elena, in every possible way encouraged his son's desire for artistic creativity, collected books for him for drawing, bought stuffed birds and insect collections for still lifes, and collected colorful stones. As a child, Svyatoslav was his father's henchman - he pulled on canvases and mixed paints in the process. At nineteen, the young artist first appeared in India, whose exotic beauty struck him in the heart. Eight years later, Roerich the Younger moved to this country, which he later glorified in all his canvases. Svyatoslav also married an Indian woman, the famous actress Devika Rani, who became his permanent muse. The artist put a lot of effort into maintaining cultural ties between India and the USSR.
Creativity Svyatoslav Roerich is inextricably linked with India. The vast majority of works are Indian landscapes, portraits are also made in the style of Indian culture. The creativity of Roerich the Younger is considered spiritual - this person’s hypostasis in all his works dominates the earthly. The artist's works are unique in color - he used mostly bright, shining colors. Its landscapes are lit with tropical heat, causing direct associations with the typical Indian love for bright, saturated shades of clothing. In some of his genre works, biblical plots were used, but basically Svyatoslav still preferred domestic scenes from the life of a simple Indian people. Even when the author writes stories, for example, from the life of the god Krishna, the mythical hero appears in the paintings as an ordinary person, a shepherd and a musician. Thick clouds, high mountains, palm trees tending to the ground, bright fragments of vegetation - these are the main elements of the painting of Svyatoslav Roerich.
The painting Landscape, despite the simple plot, is deeply philosophical, like all the works of the artist. Roerich introduces into the landscape view human figures, low bent under the weight of burdens. The eternal, unchanging work appears in the picture as a sublime, deeply spiritual matter. The golden rays of the sun with bright highlights illuminate the bent figures rising up the hill. The picture gives rise to many associations - including the myth of Sisyphus. Yellow-green hills flooded with light in the right corner create a feeling of cheerfulness, warmth of the surrounding nature.
A little further - fantasy flowering trees, painted with lilac and pale pink, as if transferred from some kind of fairy tale. Further in perspective, violet mountains rise high into the sky, cool, majestic, eternal. A high light blue sky with sparse white clouds looks impassively at this picture. Sultry, warm colors, soft, iridescent halftones, saturated colors - all this together creates a kind of melodic movement, expressed by colors and shapes. Roerich at the same time poetizes both simple labor and wild nature untouched by man. Deep penetration into the essence of Indian culture, typical of the artist, is one of the expressive means of the canvas.
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