This picture of Nicholas Roerich, we can say, is an illustration of the ancient writings of the East. It is believed that this plot Roerich spied on one of the Buddhist temples, a little rethought it and portrayed on canvas.
The picture is very symbolic and takes us to the distant past, when the Buddha was still alive. On the canvas we see a large cave in which the sage sits in the lotus position. According to the scriptures, these events actually existed. It is believed that Buddha wandered around the world in search of truth for many years. He decided to go down to the underworld, in which the omnipotent ruler of death ruled. The underworld is an allegory of our consciousness. Buddha plunges deeply into his thoughts, begins to think about his actions, and thus finds great enlightenment. The God of death who rules in this underworld is nothing more than our temptations, passions, dissatisfaction. In this dark cave, the Buddha fought the lord of death and defeated him.
Roerich depicted in this picture the moment when Buddha had already defeated the evil king. One of the rocks in the lower right corner of the picture is very similar to the mouth of a terrible animal. Perhaps this is the defeated monster. The water around which the Buddha sits is the source of life. It is also called a source of knowledge.
Thus, we understand that this cave is not only a symbol of hell, hell, but also the embodiment of human ignorance, ignorance.
Nicholas Roerich, portraying the dungeon, uses mainly two colors: blue and yellow. They do not mix, but neatly overlap each other. It is noteworthy that the artist did not depict the source of lighting. It seems that Buddha himself is shining. The sage, having conquered all his fears and temptations, became great, and this illumination comes from his figure. The pose in which the Buddha is captured is considered canonical. It is in this position that this sage is usually portrayed.
Henri Matisse Dance