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“Lord of the night”, Roerich – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Lord of the night – Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich. Wood, oil tempera. 71.8 x 79 cm
Nicholas Roerich sincerely believed in the sacred feminine. He believed that the XX century is a new era of the universe, or the age of the Mother of the World. This is the era of recognition of a woman and her creative mission in the world. Relying on the postulate of the holiness of female energy, Nikolai Konstantinovich consulted in everything with his eternal companion and wife, Elena Roerich. Such a worldview was reflected in his works. A whole series of “women’s paintings” was created, among which the “Lord of the Night” of 1918.

At that time, Roerich was engaged in educational activities in the United States. He wanted to present Russian culture to the masses abroad. In America, his work was warmly received and the painting “Lord of the Night” is still kept in New York.

In the tent is a girl kneeling with her back to the viewer. She seems to be expecting someone or calling. The twilight is thickening and it seems as if a mysterious “ruler of the night” should enter. What is the purpose of this invisible guest? What did the author mean? Perhaps this is the Far Eastern spirit, maybe personification of the night, or maybe a symbol of the masculine principle, which the female energy needs. The artist decided to keep this a secret, but given his love of mysticism, a special subtext of the painting is likely.

It is amazing how the master conveyed such a rich multi-level composition with a combination of only two primary colors. The entire tent and the silhouette of the girl are fully depicted in golden colors. Play with light allowed to create a glossy texture of gold fabric. And only the exit outside is shrouded in blue fog.

These two colors strongly shade each other, it seems as if the entrance to the housing leads to another world.

It is worth noting that the viewer can hardly see what the tent stands on, since the earth is almost invisible, as if the heavens occupied the whole space, which makes it seem like he is floating in the air.

Also with the horizon, its lines are not visible, the sky merges into a single substance with the water surface."

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