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Nicholas Roerich, messenger of beauty
Decter, Jacqueline.
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Rochester, N.Y. : Inner Traditions International ; [New York, NY] : Distributed to the book trade by Harper and Row, [1989]

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224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Includes index.
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ND699.R6 D43 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Library Journal Review

This captivating biography illuminates the extraordinary life of a visionary artist, author, educator, archaeologist, explorer, philosopher, cultural humanitarian, and peacemaker. Decter's well-researched text brings Roerich to life by allowing us to rediscover this ``forgotten renaissance man'' whose belief in the harmonious integration of life and art led him to four continents and the promotion of an international treaty, the Roerich Peace Pact, which earned him a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1929. This pact stresses the importance of protecting the world's cultural legacy during war. The illustrations cover Roerich's entire career, from Slavic and mystic subjects to his notable Himalayan landscapes and spiritual themes. Also included are historic photographs that chronicle his expeditions to India and Central Asia. Highly recommended.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Roerich (1874-1947) was truly a rare talent, and Decter's chronological and well-illustrated biography is a sheer delight. This artist, an energetic dreamer, an idealist, a cosmopolitan man who admired Indian wisdom, sought the interrelatedness of knowledge in science and art creating some 7,000 artworks. Roerich was an enigmatic man, reserved in personality, yet he brought forth a new sensibility not only through his art but through education, directorship, poetry, criticism, stage design, linguistics, folklore, philosophy, archaeology, anthropology, music, and short-story writing. He founded several international art schools and museums and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1929. Roerich was ambitious, an erudite seeker with a vision, a pantheist who strove for a cross-cultural unity of spiritual teaching. Although Roerich was an open-minded speaker, his tempera paintings on canvas are haunting, metaphysical, and symbolic, filled with the splendor of a Russian, Finnish, American, European, and Indian heritage. Decter's well-illustrated biography will broaden everyone's consciousness. Recommended for all libraries. -I. Spalatin, East Texas State University