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Nicholas Roerich




 


 

Nicholas Roerich

 

(b St Petersburg, 9 Oct 1874; d Nagar, nr Kulu, Himachal Pradesh, India, 13 Dec 1947).

Russian painter, stage designer and founder of cultural institutions. The son of a lawyer of Scandinavian descent, he graduated from the studio of the landscape painter Arkhip Kuindzhi at the Academy of Fine Arts (1897) and from the faculty of law at the University of St Petersburg (1898). He then studied in Paris with the history painter Fernand Cormon (1900). Roerich had wide interests and made an important contribution to Russian culture: he lectured at the Institute of Archaeology (1898); he became secretary of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1901) and director of its school (1906); and he was the first chairman of the World of Art (Rus. Mir Iskusstva) Society (1910). The first volume of his collected cultural writings was published in Moscow in 1914. As a painter he exhibited with the Academy from 1897, WORLD OF ART from 1902, the Vienna Secession c. 1905 and the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1906. From c. 1903 he was a leading member of the artists’ colony at TALASHKINO, where he designed mosaics, friezes, murals and furniture. As a stage designer in Russia, he worked between 1907 and 1915 for such directors as Nikolay Yevreinov (1879–1953), Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863–1938) and Serge Diaghilev. His designs for the Ballets Russes productions of Prince Igor (1909) and Le Sacre du printemps (1913) have become classics.

 

 


Visitors from over the sea
1901


 

Saint Panteleimon the Healer
1916


 

Mikula Selyaninovich


 

Slavs on the Dniepr


 

Mystery play in Medieval Novgorod


 

Building a City


 

Buddha, the Conqueror


 

Treasure of the Angels


 

Idols
1910


 

Polovtsian Camp
Décor for Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor”
1908


 

Uglich. Monastery of the Resurrection


 

Battle in the Heavens
1912


 

Kiss to the Earth
Décor for Stravinsky’s ballet “Le Sacre du Printemps”
1912


 

Procopius the Blessed Prays for the Unknown Travelers


 

Birds of the Morning


 

Hidden Treasure


 

Holy Island
1917


 


The Last Angel


 


And We See



 

And We Open the Gates



 

Bridge of Glory
1923


 

The Miracle


 

Mother of the World


 

She Who Leads


 

Drops of Life
1924


 

Path to Tibet


 

Maitreya, the Conqueror


 

Steed of Good Fortune


 

Command of Rigden Djapo


 

The Black Gobi


 

Shekar Dzong
1928


 

Krishna


 

Flowers of Timur


 

St. Panteleimon the Healer


 

Devidar Narsinga
1932


 

Descent into Hell


 

St. Mercurius


 

Zvenigorod


 

Wanderer from the Resplendent City



 

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