Nicholas Roerich – philosopher, mystic painter, wanderer painter, archeologist, writer. We invite you to a site entirely devoted to this amazing person and his work. We tried to collect as many pictures of Roerich as possible, as well as interesting biographical materials. At the moment, there are about 250 paintings and photographs of Nicholas Roerich. We will be grateful for any additional materials on this artist (paintings, photographs, memoirs or articles).
Regular updates on the site:
August 12, 2012 – now all Roerich’s paintings are presented in high resolution.
April 25, 2011 – Roerich’s fairy tales and journalistic articles.
November 8, 2010 – "Heart of asia" – story
August 24, 2009 – Book
June 05, 2009 – Article
April 27, 2009 – A very interesting book. "Light the hearts ♥♥♥".
March 2, 2009 – The Book of Valentina Kniazeva "Nicholas Roerich"consisting of the following chapters: "Introduction" – "In its own way" – "Maturity" – "In a foreign land" – "Conclusion".
The work of Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich is an exceptional phenomenon in the history of Russian and world art. His canvases are attractive by the originality of themes and plots, their poetic, deep symbolism. Roerich’s bright life is like an amazing legend. Having begun his journey in Russia, having passed through Europe and America, he finished it in Asia. According to the memoirs of the artist Svetoslav Nikolaevich Roerich about his father, he was a man “with a clear and thoughtful face. His purple-blue eyes could sometimes become completely dark. He always had a calm voice, he never raised it, and his whole expression reflected that amazing endurance and composure that were the basis of his character. It was the calmness of an extraordinary man, serious and affable, thoughtful, with a remarkably keen sense of humor. In all his movements there was a balanced harmony. He never hurried, and yet his productivity was amazing. He wrote in a large and clear hand, never correcting or changing his sentences and words, and least of all his thoughts. Under all circumstances, in the most difficult situations, he remained calm and restrained and never hesitated in his decisions. ” Roerich’s artistic heritage is huge. His paintings, sketches of scenery, drawings are stored in museums and private collections in many countries of the world. In Russia, the major collections of Roerich’s works, except for the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow, are in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, in the Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum and in the Novosibirsk Art Gallery.
Roerich’s paintings in the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery represent the main stages of the artist’s creative path. In 1897
Artist Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich was born in Petersburg on October 10 (September 27), 1874, into a noble family. His father is a native Petersburg citizen, lawyer Konstantin Fedorovich Roerich (1837-1900), his mother is Maria Vasilyevna Pskov, nee Kalashnikova (1845-1927). In the family, besides Nikolai, there were three more children – sister Lyudmila and younger brothers Boris and Vladimir. Early childhood impressions — a house on Vasilyevsky Island, summer trips to the town of Pskov Gubernia Island and Izvara Country Estate near St. Petersburg, father and grandfather stories about the ancestors of the ancient Scandinavian Roerich family, landscapes of the Russian North — all gathered in the heart and the memory of the future artist. His father hoped that Nicholas, as the eldest son, inherited his profession, would become a lawyer, but his early vocation led Roerich after graduating from high school
Studying ancient history, participating in archaeological excavations, experiencing constant pain in nature, the painter sought to give an artistic concept of the “incomparably original nature of the past,” the Russian historical past. Roerich especially acutely felt the “direct opposite” of nature and the modern city: “A city that has grown out of nature now threatens nature, a city created by man dominates man,” he wrote. Many thinkers saw the path to spiritual renewal of life in a return to nature. The ideas of Rousseau acquired even more meaning in the 19th century. In Russia, Leo Tolstoy called for “forgiveness”; in India, Mahatma Gandhi made the home spinning wheel a symbol of salvation; in France, the artist Paul Gauguin, in search of a “primeval paradise”, fled from Europe to the island of Tahiti; in England, the philosopher John Ruskin, the ideological inspirer of pre-Raphaelite artists, demanded that, when building railroads, they be in accordance with the surrounding landscape; American Kantians-transcendentalists (
Kuinji’s workshop was attended mainly by artists who had already gone through a good drawing school. Roerich, as a child, took lessons from a sculptor and draftsman
"Great Motherland, all your spiritual treasures, all your unspeakable beauty, all your inexhaustibility in all open spaces and peaks – we will defend. And not only on a holiday, but in everyday work, we will apply the idea to everything that we are doing about the Motherland, about its happiness, about its success, nationwide." (