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Roerich is a famous Russian artist, archaeologist, writer, on his account a lot of paintings, many of which are exhibited in museums around the world. The artist had a very active life position, he believed that the world needs to be changed, that the path that he goes can only come to death.
Most of his paintings tell about this - they often literally shout that the world needs changes. “The Call of Shambhala,” for example, is a message, the more obvious of which you can’t think of. But sometimes among his works there are also peaceful ones, necessary not to change the human consciousness and reach the deaf, but to show the beauty of nature and its charm.
“Lilies” is one of such works. The picture depicts a vase with white and red lilies, and lilacs, surrounded by a fabric of bright colors. White lilies are a symbol of purity and freshness, they stand out in the brightness of the colors of the picture with their radiant whiteness. Attract attention. The rest is just the background for them. For their innocence, for their tenderness.
In some ways, the picture is deeply symbolic. Scarlet, green in such shades that they literally scream and howl - this is a bloody world torn by war in which children are killed and women are raped. And white lilies are that bright and pure that still exists in this world. Children's laughter, women's smiles, herbal tea on the veranda, surrounded by good friends, the course of a mountain river that can be watched for days. No matter how scarlet, white will always remain and will always attract the eye.
Only it can heal from spiritual emptiness and fill the sea of scarlet anger.
Capture the Snow Town Vasily Surikov