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Messenger of Beauty: The Life and Visionary Art of Nicholas Roerich [Paperback]

Jacqueline Decter
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Oct 1997
Messenger of Beauty opens the door to the mystical world of Nicholas Roerich and invites us to witness his far-reaching vision. Artist, writer, educator, archaeologist, explorer, mystic, and peacemaker, Roerich (1874-1947) left a rich legacy of some 7,000 paintings, drawings, and set and costume designs (most notably for Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring); 30 books on the mystic East; and countless articles and lectures. The Roerich Peace Pact--a remarkable treaty signed by President Roosevelt and 26 other heads of state that sought to preserve cultural monuments during times of war--earned the artist a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Messenger of Beauty includes 88 color plates that cover the full scope of Roerich's artistic career, from ancient Slavic, mythic, and archaeological subjects to breathtaking Himalayan landscapes and religious themes that span the spiritual traditions of the world. First paperback edition of Nicholas Roerich: The Life and Art of a Russian Master.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press,U.S.; Reprint edition (Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892814934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892814930
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 26.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Roerich's vision is a pantheistic hymn to a union of man and nature."

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Jacqueline Decter, Ph.D. is a scholar of Russian literature who translated many original texts into English for inclusion in this edition. She is a senior editor at Abbeville Press.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book on a wonderful subject! 13 Sep 2009
This is a really lovely book on the life and work of Nicholas Roerich - artist, designer, visionary and tireless worker for peace and understanding. I thought it was particularly good on the early part of Roerich's life as a young intellectual and artist in St. Petersburg before the Revolution. There is rich detail about his influences, circle, and inspirations which was very interesting to a non-specialist like me. His work with Nijinsky and Stravinsky is also discussed - Roerich was the prime mover behind the design of the ballet "Rite of Spring". This ballet was revived (and reproduced) by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987, which someone has kindly uploaded to youtube.
Roerich's later life in India and the Himalayas (and the USA) and the development of his mystical and religious thinking is also very fully covered.
The book is profusely illustrated throughout in full colour, and is in a large, generous format.
The author, Jacqueline Decter, is to be congratulated for a meticulously researched and yet very approachable history of the life and times of one of the most truly original minds of the early 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful find 4 April 2010
I saw Nicholas Roerich's paintings as a background to an email I received and wanted to find out more about the artist. This book is rich in detail of his life, his perspectives and beliefs, and, most importantly for me, full-page beautiful reproductions of his artwork. Roerich's interests and creative talents impacted many areas of artistic and spiritual endeavors....which is sensed in his paintings. A beautiful book and learning experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and beautifully illustrated. 17 May 2013
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A high quality publication. The illustrations very well done and I always find this artist's work slightly disturbing in the depiction of open unknown places.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating biograpy with over 80 paintings reproduced. 18 Jan 1999
By Paul Huston - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a book about the life and art of Nicholas Roerich or if you are looking for a fascinating account of a modern mystic, one of the great men of this time, this is it. The book contains over 80 of his paintings, drawings and theatrical set designs. The biographical accounting is fascinating and inspiring. I found this book very enjoyable and highly recommend it. Also suggest checking out the web site of the Nicholas Roerich museum in N.Y. city. Paul Huston
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Constant Source of Inspiration 18 Sep 2000
By Mr. F. E. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book on the beautiful and inspiring paintings of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. Exceptional value with 88 colour reproductions of his work. The written material is faultless and fascinating. Roerich was dedicated to Beauty and I find that whenever I dip into this book I am completely captivated by his ability to speak to my innermost heart and spirit through the language of colour and the rich symbolism of his paintings. Fascinated by the legends of Shambhala and the wisdom of the ancients, Roerich's paintings and Decter's words take us on a wonderful journey that will enrich our lives. Roerich was a very deeply spiritual man and so his paintings serve this higher purpose. If you wish to light the inner fire of your spirit through art and beauty, then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Roerich 11 Feb 2007
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
This is an exquisitely beautiful book and immediately transports one to 'another dimention'. Roerich's paintings,his unusual use of colour and hues capture a luminous quality that speaks to the soul. His writing, paintings and travels are a true inspiration of the human spirit.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't go wrong with this one 1 Aug 2009
By Caraculiambro - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a nice coffee-table book with reproductions of Roerich's paintings, this book will do nicely. If you're looking for a text biography of Roerich, this book will also do. It's basically a combination of the two.

Unlike many coffee table books, the text you're getting is not sparse: you're getting a respectable, critical biography, not just a load of hagiographic gushing. But that, unfortunately, is the problem. When you sit down to read through it, you've got this awkward book to hold, making it hard to curl up with this thing.

Purists might want to note that the color plates are matte. I'm no judge of paper quality, but the caliber of the reproductions didn't strike me as especially stunning. If you simply care about the quality of the color reproductions, I don't think you're going to be jumping for joy when you see this.
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