“Budda the winner”, Rech – overview of the painting

“Budda the winner”, Rech – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Nikolay Konstantinovich Rerich
  • Museum: N. Museum. K. Rericha, Moscow
  • Year: 1925

Overview of the painting :

Buddha-winner – Nikolay Konstantinovich Rerich. 1925. Canvas, tempera. 118 x 74 cm

   Although the picture seems to be written only in two colors – yellow and blue, it literally blazes with light and color. On it, Buddha is imprinted in a state of deep immersion in himself, in a cave where he indulged in meditation, leaving the world.

   The whole cave seems filled with warm, golden light emanating from the Buddha figure and literally filling the whole huge room. This radiance seems to charge numerous stalactites and stalagmites, and they are transfused with all shades of yellow. And numerous blue tones of shadows make the canvas voluminous and very expressive.

   Buddha sits in a lotus position and is surrounded by a golden radiance on all sides. Thanks to this, it seems that he is floating in the air. Before him is a deep blue underground lake. In its dark waters, golden sparks of light emanating from the Buddha are reflected. The waters are motionless, but the image in them does not seem mirror, it blurred, as if it did not reflect reality, but what Buddha at that moment sees as an internal eye.

   When the artist uses only two main colors, the picture looks very voluminous, and with an absolutely static image, there is dynamics on the canvas. This is due to the use of the circular arrangement of stalactites and stalagmites. They give the necessary dynamics, make the image much more expressive and more effective.

   The effect of movement in a circle emphasizes the addition of stalagmites of different sizes hanging from the ceiling of the cave. They not only add the volume of the canvas, but also visually close the space, create a sense of chamberiness, emphasize that Buddha is in a cave – an underground enclosed cavity.

   The very name of the picture indicates the true essence of its image. Buddha is the winner who managed to reach nirvana and get rid of the endless wheel of Sansara – the chain of reincarnations. The ultimate goal of his sermon was to achieve precisely this goal, to get rid of the suffering that only accumulates with every human transformation. Religious sources claimed that for his sins in a previous life, a person can transform into an animal, an insect, and even become a stone. It only exacerbates suffering. And achieving nirvana eliminates the brandy of existence and turns a person into a highly spiritual barren creature. This moment is captured in the picture. Her golden radiance inspires unearthly calm and unwavering confidence in the possibility of achieving nirvana.