Blue Cliff

Nicholas Roerich

Blue Cliff


c. 1920-30


9.7 x 13.0 in. / 24.6 x 33.0 cm.


Tempera and graphite on paper

In a stunning colour palette depicting pink skies, a blue cliff and brown rocks surrounding it, Nicholas Roerich paints a mystical imagery, which could be either from his imagination or from a lived experience where the artist, possibly, saw the colours of the skies change to impart a soft glow on the mountain. The work is an enigma, created from a rare sensitivity that combines Western academic realism with an innate, personal visual idiom that defined Roerich’s rich landscapes.

published references

Maitra, Shatadeep, Indian Blue: From Realism to Abstraction (New Delhi: DAG, 2021), pp.40-42

Blue Cliff
Blue Cliff
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Art Artist Names Single Nicholas Roerich

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