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Nicholas Roerich

(1874-1947)

Nicholas Roerich Portrait

Biography

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Roerich was born on October 9, 1874, in St. Petersburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire, into the family of a notary. His father, Konstantin (Constantine) Fedorovich Roerich, came from Swedish nobility that had settled in Russia some time in the mid-1700s. His mother, Maria Vasilievna, was descended from the prosperous Kalashnikov merchant clan. The Roerichs were well-educated and associated with many notable intellectuals of the period, including the chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, historians Read Nicholas Roerich's Full Biography

Nicholas Roerich. The Messenger: Tribe Has Risen Against Tribe. The Messenger: Tribe Has Risen Against Tribe. 1897. Oil on canvas. 125 x 184 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Idols. From Idols. From "The Beginning of Russia. Slavs" series. 1901. Gouache on cardbord. 49 x 50 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Foreign Guests. Series 'The Beginning of Russia. Slavs. Foreign Guests. Series 'The Beginning of Russia. Slavs.". 1901. Oil on canvas. The Kremlin Armory, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. The Ominous. The Ominous. 1901. Goasche, ink, pen, brush on paper mounted on cardboard. 25.2 x 45 cm The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Town in Construction. Town in Construction. 1902. Oil on canvas. 154.5 x 264.5 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Old Russia, Yaroslav. Church of the Nativity of Our Lady. Old Russia, Yaroslav. Church of the Nativity of Our Lady. 1903. Oil on panel. 31.7 x 40 cm. The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Old Russia, Rostov the Great. Entrance to the Kremlin. Old Russia, Rostov the Great. Entrance to the Kremlin. 1903. Oil on panel. 41 x 32. The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Old Russia, Izborsk. Cross for Truvor Town Site. Old Russia, Izborsk. Cross for Truvor Town Site. 1903. Oil on panel. 31 x 43.8 cm. The State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Boats. Boats. 1903. Tempera on canvas. 165 x 170 cm. Museum of Fine Arts, Omsk, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Rostov the Great. Rostov the Great. 1903. Oil on wood. 31.4 x 41 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Resurrection Monastery in Uglich. Resurrection Monastery in Uglich. 1904. Oil on panel. 46 x 83 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Ancient Life. Ancient Life. 1904. Tempera on cardboard. 42.5 x 52 cm. The A. N. Radishchev Museum of Arts, Saratov, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. The Slavs on the Dnieper. From The Slavs on the Dnieper. From "The Beginning of Russia. Slavs" series. 1905. Tempera on cardboard. 67 x 89 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. The Dragon's Daughter. The Dragon's Daughter. 1906. Tempera on board. 50 x 48.2 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Battle. Battle. 1906. Oil on canvas. 161 x 299.5 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Battle. Detail. Battle. Detail. 1906. Oil on canvas. 161 x 299.5 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Battle. Detail. Battle. Detail. 1906. Oil on canvas. 161 x 299.5 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. St.Gimigniano. Study. St.Gimigniano. Study. 1906. Pastel on cardboard. 47.3 x 47.3. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Set Design for N.Yevreinov's Mysteria 'Three Magi' for St. Peterburg Old Theater. Set Design for N.Yevreinov's Mysteria 'Three Magi' for St. Peterburg Old Theater. 1907. Tempera, goashe, ink on paper mounted cardboard. 63 x 49 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Punka-Kharyu. Finland. Study. Punka-Kharyu. Finland. Study. 1907. Pastel on paper. 46.5 x 46.5 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Polovetsky Camp. Set design for 1909 Production of Borodin's opera Prince Igor. Polovetsky Camp. Set design for 1909 Production of Borodin's opera Prince Igor. 1908. Pastel, charcoal, gouache on paper mounted on cardboard. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Putivl. Set design for production of Borodin's opera Price Igor. Putivl. Set design for production of Borodin's opera Price Igor. 1908. Pastel, tempera, charcoal on paper mounted on cardboad. 48.5 x 63.8 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Landscape. Landscape. 1900s. Pastel on cardboard. 46 x 46 cm. The A. N. Radishchev Museum of Arts, Saratov, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Town. Set Design for N.Yevreinov's Mysteria Town. Set Design for N.Yevreinov's Mysteria "Three Magi" for St. Peterburg Old Theater. 1907. Tempera and watercolor on cardboard. 72 x 54.5 cm. The Theater Museum of A. A. Bakhrushin, Moscow, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Nightingale the Robber. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. Nightingale the Robber. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 202 x 341 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Vol'ga Svtatoslavovich. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. Vol'ga Svtatoslavovich. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 203 x 495 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Mikula Selyaninovich. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. Mikula Selyaninovich. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 203 x 494 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Bayan. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. Bayan. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 203 x 103 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Knight. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. Knight. Bogatyrsky Frieze Suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 203 x 103 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Ilya of Murom. Bogatyrsky Frieze suite. Ilya of Murom. Bogatyrsky Frieze suite. 1910. Tempera on canvas. 203 x 338 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Foreign Merchants. Foreign Merchants. Early 1900s. Oil on canvas. 40.5 x 64 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Sheep Well. Set design for Lope de Vega's play Fuente Ovejuna in St. Peterburg Old Theater. Sheep Well. Set design for Lope de Vega's play Fuente Ovejuna in St. Peterburg Old Theater. 1911. Whereabouts unknown.
Nicholas Roerich. Battle of Kershenets. Sketch for entr'act curtain for Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Battle of Kershenets. Sketch for entr'act curtain for Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "The Tale of the Invisible City Kitezh". 1911. Tempera on cardboard. 52 x 70.2 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Great Sacrifice. Set Design for Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Le Sacre du printemps. Great Sacrifice. Set Design for Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Le Sacre du printemps. 1912. Tempera on cardboard. 52.3 x 75 cm. The A. N. Radishchev Museum of Arts, Saratov, Russia.
Nicholas Roerich. Kiss to the Earth. Set Design for Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Le Sacre du printemps. Kiss to the Earth. Set Design for Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Le Sacre du printemps. 1912. Tempera on cardboard. 62 x 94 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
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