Archive for December 22, 2013

Artist of the moment…. Nicholas Roerich

Nicholas Roerich was born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire in the year 1874. He came from a well to do aristocrat family, his father a renown notary public. Roerickhwas a painter, writer, set and costume designer, and even nominated for the Nobel Peace prize on more than one occasion as he fought to preserve art and architecture during times of war and revolution. I was reminded of Iraq and Egypt during their revolutions, and how the museums were among the first locations to be looted. Roerich fought hard to keep this from happening around the globe.

For his collegiate education Roerich attended Saint Petersburg University where he studied law. In addition he studied art at the Imperial Academy. After college he decided to try art for a career and found employment teaching school for eleven years.

The artist visited New York City in 1920 and would spend time in Arizona and Sante Fe working on landscapes. He was famous for his mountain scenes, for me these are the artist at his best. Great representation but at the same time speaking a lot with his artistic voice, MAGNIFICENT!

Roerich traveled the globe and lived in India and China.

Nicholas Roerich passed away in 1947.

price range information: His works are in high demand so even pencil works can cost upwords of $50,000. Oil paintings have sold for more than 1 million dollars at auction.

In this clip a great selection of works from Nicholas Roerich: