A Selection of Nicholas Roerich Paintings + a Video

“Roerich’s life was an amazing life, a marvel of creativity and astonishing example of spiritual closeness that, perhaps doesn’t lie on the surface, but is nevertheless the spiritual closeness that binds all peoples.”Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, India Today, Oct. 2000.

Burning the Darkness, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1924. Tempura on canvas, 88.3 x 116.8 cm Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA

Burning the Darkness, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1924. Tempura on canvas, 88.3 x 116.8 cm
Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA

In this blogpost, I combine a documentary, Roerich: the Call of Cosmic Evolution, about the life and vision of Helena and Nicholas Roerich, with showing some more of the paintings by Nicholas Roerich (the famed late Russian painter which the documentary is mostly about), and some reflections, photos and links…

Mohammed the Prophet, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1925 -  Tempera on canvas,   74 x 117 cm.  Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia.

Mohammed the Prophet, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1925 – Tempera on canvas, 74 x 117 cm. Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia.

Pax Cultura / ROerich Pact Flag

Pax Cultura / Roerich Pact flag / Banner of Peace

Left image: The Banner of Peace, intended as a Universal sign implying an awareness of a triune reality, an idea meant to inspire protection from hostilities. Roerich had hoped that the symbol could be adopted as a kind of cultural Red Cross, as protection from destruction throughout the world. The idea was to use the banner to protect cultural treasures in times of peace and war.

And We Do Not Fear, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1922, Tempura on canvas, 72.5 x 102 cm Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

And We Do Not Fear, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1922, Tempura on canvas, 72.5 x 102 cm
Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

Much of the Roerichs’ work was permeated with the energies of the landscapes and spiritual heritage of Central Asia, something I find resonating with the high-vibrational subtle-energetic landscape of this unique North American region as well, about which I already said a little bit in my blogpost from the other day,”Full Moon Snowshoeing Trip. (2 nights at 11,000 ft) as well as in (May 12, 2012), “From ‘Human Planet’ Photos, to the Altai Mountains, to that 1927 Koko Nor’s UFO Sighting,…

DSCN0688

Click image for more photos from this early January 2015 hike.

          Since time immemorial, the unique expansive remote region I’m writing from (known now as the Northern San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado), with its towering 14,000 ft Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Rio Grande headwaters, exceptional biodiversity for a high desert, healing hot springs (Valley ViewJoyful Journey, and Hooper / San Dunes Pool, to name a few), and mysterious Sand Dunes (see photos),  has been honored by indigenous medicine men and women.

... Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

The 16th Karmapa Stupa (Tibetan Buddhist) between Crestone and the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.   More info: KTTG.org

In recent decades, spiritual practice and study centers from the world’s mystical traditions have taken residence in ‘the Baca’, a large subdivision adjacent to Crestone, with a strong Buddhist, Hindu and contemplative Christian presence.  For more on that, see also: the archives of Crestone’s local monthly newspaper, The Crestone Eagle; as well as The Manitou Foundation, which has been instrumental in shaping the spiritual landscape of Crestone; and this article, Shambala of the Rockies – The Mythos and Power of Crestone‘, by Allison Rae, which -while outdated- is still interesting (it originally appeared in Sedona, AZ’s ‘Four Corners Magazine‘).

The spirit of Crestone’s interreligious spiritual community also appears very much in alignment with the lofty vision of the Roerichs.  Think Tibetan yaks, Buddhist centers and beautiful mountains…  and you might see what I mean.  ;-)

Path to Kailas. Monastery, by ©  Nicholas Roerich, 1932, Tempera on canvas  Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA.

Path to Kailas. Monastery, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1932, Tempera on canvas Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA.

     Current affairs were very much on the minds of the Roerichs, particularly in the palpable run-up to World War II.

“Armageddon", by Nicholas Roerich, ,1936

Armageddon“, by Nicholas Roerich, ,1936

      It bears some resemblance with our current predicament, where a growing segment of the population in modern countries is exploring new horizons in alternative healing, inter-species communication, conscious co-creation, sacred geometries, shamanism, meditation and the common mystic depths of all heart wisdom traditions… while at the same time, a perhaps larger “mainstream culture” within this modern technological culture is getting ever more lost, alienated from our bodies,  distracted in electronic gadgetry, spinning out in ideologies and reductionistic thinking, all while we’re collectively wrecking the biosphere, and psychopaths in places of military, financial and political power have their short-sighted schemes backed by brainwashed hordes of hundreds of thousands of willing soldiers, as well as a myriad of terror tools, all the way to thousands of nuclear weapons…  The battle between the creative, affirmative power of the human free will and the destructive power of negation or nihilism still rages on…

The Last Angel, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1912,  Tempera on cardboard,  52 x 73 cm.  Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA

The Last Angel, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1912, Tempera on cardboard, 52 x 73 cm. Gallery: Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, USA

Now WATCH THIS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED documentary, Roerich: the Call of Cosmic Evolution, by Ludmila Shaposhnikova, Director General of ‘the Museum named after Nicholas Roerich‘ in Moscow, which delves into the myths of a legendary lofty Kingdom of Shambhala, as he encountered them along his Central Asia expedition, as well as his vision for the evolution of consciousness, and more – presented with great art examples and archival footage:

CLICK TO WATCH on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBGfcABF9ak

Some of the other documentaries shown on the side are worth checking out as well.

For more about the “Urusvati” place of research, mentioned in this documentary, see http://en.icr.su/evolution/urusvati/ , where Nicholas Roerich is quoted describing his vision for it as a “place of science, [that] must be built in the Himalayas, within the borders of ancient Aryavarta.  Again the human spirit, purified by the continuous currents of the Himalayas, will search in tireless labor. Medicinal herbs, medical research, wonderful magnetic and electric currents, the unique conditions of the heights, the unique luminescence of the planetary bodies and their astrochemical rays, radioactivity, and inexpressible treasures are preserved only in the Himalayas. [ . . . ] In these places where the great wisdom of the Rig-Vedas was crystallized, where Mahatmas themselves passed, here, in the caves and on the mountain tops, the power of human thought accumulated!

Remember…

“Remember”, Tempera on canvas, 87.5 × 117.5 cm (34½" × 46¼"), By Nicholas Roerich, 1924 (from 'His Country series'). Viewable at:  Roerich Museum, New York. («Помни»  Reference no.: 700053) http://www.roerich.org/

REMEMBER”,  tempera on canvas, 87.5 × 117.5 cm (34½” × 46¼”), By © Nicholas Roerich, 1924 (from ‘His Country series’).  Viewable at: Roerich Museum, New York.   (Помни)  http://www.roerich.org/

'Song of Shambhala', by © Nicholas Roerich, 1943. Tempera on canvas. 76,2 x 137,2 com. (State Museum of Oriental Arts, Moscow, Russia.)

‘Song of Shambhala’, by Nicholas Roerich, 1943.  Tempera on canvas. 76,2 x 137,2 com. (State Museum of Oriental Arts, Moscow, Russia.)

russian-easter

Russian Easter, by © Nicholas Roerich.

Compassion, by © Nicholas ROerich, 1936, Tempura on canvas, 61.5 x 92.5 cm Gallery: Latvian State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Compassion, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1936, Tempura on canvas, 61.5 x 92.5 cm
Gallery: Latvian State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

SHe Who Leads, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1943. Tempera on canvas,  89.2 x 116.6 cm Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

She Who Leads, by © Nicholas Roerich, 1943. Tempera on canvas, 89.2 x 116.6 cm
Gallery: N. K. Roerich International Centre-Museum, Moscow, Russia

Museums where you could see the still-vivid tempura colors in person include:

May Peace Triumph On Earth

Pax Cultura / ROerich Pact Flag

Generosity is the Virtue that Produces Peace.

DISCLAIMER

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Thank you for commenting. Your comment won't show until approved. Sometimes that can take awhile. - mvb

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s