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LANDSCAPE ARTISTS: Painting the Order and Harmony in Nature

Theme: Artists, serching for harmony and order in nature with their poetic licence.
"Brahmaputra" --by Nicholas Roerich Tempera on Canvas size 36.5 x 96.5 cm.


The Art of Nicholas Roerich

A painting is the produce of an ordered efforts put into by an artist. And thus it is bound to possess some sort of order within it. Thus when we look at a painting, we fist see the form, the shapes of the things painted, the situations the artists had desired to create, and the relevant moment of the time when the incidence that became the cause for the paintings had occurred. A good painting, done with targeted goals might contain most of these aspects that a lover of the art would like to see in a painting.

I find the above painting a meditative one; I believe that the artist must be feeling the mood of being meditating himself. The constant gaze to such a painting can be therapeutic, too. Keeping the form so simple, the artist has staged a drama with the help of rich blue colour and its cool application. That has made the painting a piece for more consideration. While working with colours, the artist is seized by his or her inherent drive, the instinctive force, and led to the performance on hand. If that is so, then this painting is one of its finest example.

The Artist : For an artist a painting, the fruit of his/her labour, is much more than a painted surface. Through the medium of colours, an artist tries infusing order of the nature in a painting. It is the order that the nature has in it, intrinsically embedded within. Thus when we look at a painting, we would find the objects the artist has painted, the form, the physical outlines of the things and situations. These are obviously the medium: the shapes of the things painted; the situations the artists had created. In fact these are the alphabet an artist uses to convey his or her feeling. (Images Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Song of Shambhala. Thang La Painter Nicholas Roerich, Tempera on Canvas. Size 76.2 x 137.2 cm

The writers and poets have poetic licence from the almighty God. The artists have this type of licence of using their artistic freedom, too. While acting upon this special authority, poetic licence, the painters impose the forms in their paintings. They do so by making the altered state of the forms.

However the trend of imposing such transformed forms has never remained static. It has gone of constant change since the days of ancient artists’ work to the modern stock of the artistic outputs. And that is the reason why the forms on the canvasses have always kept changing; the shapes of the objects painted have transformed themselves as per the wishes of a particular artist like Picasso and Van Gogh. (Images courtesy Wikemedia Commons)

How to Communicate Through Forms: The painters ideas about the forms, as they perceived them, are quite complex. It varies with the experience of each and every artist. Their method of communication is unique in nature, so far as the great painters are concerned. Some believe the defined lines of the objects of painting a foremost necessity, say the renaissance painters; and some regard the requirement of the definite lines not so important, say the modern artists including those of the impressionists’ clan. Every artist of known calibre has tried revealing the intrinsic value of his/her aesthetic experiences through their paintings done in the forms of his/her choices.

Paintings of Himalayan Mountain "Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds)". From "Holy Mountains" series. 1933. Tempera on canvas. 47 x 79 cm" - Nicholas Roerich

Kang-chen-dzod-nga – Five Treasures of Great Snows. And why is this sublime mountain so called? Because it contains a store of the five most precious things in the world. What things are there – gold, diamonds, rubies? By no means. The old East values other treasures. It is said that there will come a time when famine will overcome the whole world. At that time a man will appear who will unlock the giant gate of these vast treasuries and nurture all mankind. Certainly you understand that this man will nourish humanity not physically, but with spiritual food. - Nicholas Roerich. (Images courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The job of an artist is a complex one in a sense. The painter’s work, and the purpose for which he or she paints, is somehow to remake the mental images he or she has made on seeing a scene or the objects. The artist’s desire is to share his or her experience through the art that would churn out a note of recognition in the viewers’ eyes. Thus the work of art constructs a bridge between the viewers and the artist, communicating the inner traffic of an artist’s mind to the art lovers’ eyes. Thus the piece of art that was merely an image in the artist’s mind, the painting that was only a child of intuition, becomes available to those who value the same.

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