Nicholas Roerich: The Artist Who Would Be King, John McCannon (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022)
Recommended by Dr. Pamela Jordan
Among the most influential artists of fin-de-siècle Russia, Nicholas Roerich (1874–1947) designed sets and costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, co-created The Rite of Spring with Igor Stravinsky, and painted iconic scenes of pagan and prehistoric Russia. Exiled from his homeland after the rise of communism in 1917, Roerich pursued new careers in Europe, Asia, and the United States as a peace activist, a new-age mystic, and an explorer. As related in this engaging narrative, Roerich’s story reads like an epic work of fiction and is all the more remarkable for being true.
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