Nicholas Roerich was a famous Russian artist and philosopher. The estate of Roerich is located at a slightly secluded location - although not too far from the Naggar Castle (around 20mins of walk). The estate has a really nice forest area with a large number of deodar trees, and a great view of the peaks around.
Our next destination was Nicholas Roerich’s Art Gallery in Kullu. While going down, we had become used to the roads and focused on enjoying the views even more. The gallery wasn’t far and we reached the place in another 20-25 minutes.The location of the gallery was stunning and the paintings by Nicholas Roerich and his two sons enhanced our experience. He was a Russian artist who had later settled in Kullu with his wife and two sons. The Himalayas looked different from various corners of the gallery, but beautiful in all forms.
From his early years Roerich had switched from oil to tempera and pastels, whose bright pure colors characterize his subsequent works. Roerich's mastery of colors is evident in the use of a brilliant yet subtle palette. Mountain ranges in various shades of blue disappearing into the swirling white clouds, vivid mauve skies forming a backdrop to pastel pink and red brown hues. steel grey mountains framed by a glow of yellow sky at dusk, and still waters of mountain lakes reflecting an emerald green luminescence all heighten the magical moods of Roerich's Himalayan landscapes. In Roerich's opinion, the beauty of nature is an eternal source that elevates and ennobles the human soul. The mountains in his works always symbolize spiritual'ascent. approach to harmony, light and eternity.
Nourished and inspired by the solemn and ethereal beauty that lay in the purity of the Himalayas, he created thousands of paintings dedicated to their magnificence, to the ancient wisdom of Indian Rishis, and to various spiritual Masters. To the Indian people of his time he was known also as a talented writer of books and of countless essays which appeared in such well-known journals as The Educational Review; The Modem Review; Prabuddha Bharata; The Scholar and Vedanta Kesari. The constant theme of his articles was the human spirit on its long path of spiritual aspiration towards enlightenment and inner transformation.
Roerich had studied eastern philosophies extensively, which was a direct influence of his wife Helena, particularly Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Teaching of Agni Yoga. The influence of India is seen in some of his works, even before he visited the country. Roerich was drawn to the majestic snow capped Himalayas. He felt the answer to his quest in both his art and spiritual journey was to be found in these forbidding realms. In - (1928, Roerich founded the 'IfJt-usvati' Himalayan Research Institute and shifted base from Darjeeting to Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India) . In Sanskrit, 'Urusvati' means-'Star of the Morning'.