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Nicholas Roerich

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Nicholas Roerich
Born(1874-10-09)October 9, 1874
DiedDecember 13, 1947(1947-12-13) (aged 73)
Occupation(s)painter, archaeologist, costume and set designer for ballets, operas, and dramas
SpouseHelena Roerich
ChildrenGeorge de Roerich,
Svetoslav Roerich

Nicholas Roerich (/ˈrɛrɪk/; October 9, 1874 – December 13, 1947) – also known as Nikolai Konstantinovich Rerikh (Russian: Никола́й Константи́нович Ре́рих) – was a Russian painter, writer, archaeologist and theosophist. Some people in Russia thought of him as an enlightener,[1] philosopher, and public figure. He was interested in hypnosis and other spiritual practices. His paintings are said to have hypnotic expression.[2][3] He was born in Saint Petersburg to a Russian mother and a Baltic German father.[4] Roerich was an activist for the preserving of art and architecture during war time. He earned several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize long list.[5] The Roerich Pact which was signed into law in 1935 by the United States and most nations of the Pan-American Union was named after him.

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  1. "ПЛАНЕТА "РЕРИХ" - Электронная библиотека". Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  2. Nicholas Roerich: In Search of Shambala by Victoria Klimentieva, стр. 31
  3. Nicholas Roerich Museum Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Andrei Znamenski, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, Quest Books (2011), p. 157
  5. Nobel Prize Nomination Database