Talk:Nicholas Roerich

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This site suggests that it was Secretary of Agriculture Wallace who suggested to FDR that the Great Seal be placed on the back of the US One Dollar Bill: [http://www.greatseal.com/levels/fdr1935.html Wallace's letter to Dal Lee, February 6, 1951]. Is there a citation to show how it is Roerich's suggestion? — Alex756 17:11, 28 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Sorry, you are absolutely right. I have corrected this error. I think. Please emend as needed of course! Wallace was a devotee of Roerich's. Google "Roerich Wallace Seal" for the connection. Caltrop 23:35, Feb 3, 2005 (UTC)

How could Roerich take his first painting classes in the same class with Shevchenko if Shevchenko died in 1861 and Roerich was born in 1874?

Also, I thought that Kobzar was Shevchenko's influential book of poems. Please correct me if Kostomarov has also written an influential book of poems under the same title.

Nazi-Soviet Pact[edit]

The quote from Roerich about invading Russia is dated 1940. Russia had not been invaded in 1940, as the Pact was still in force. So, when did he say it?

Also, what was Roerich's attitude toward the Nazis in the time of the Pact? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.191.135.66 (talk) 20:30, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Request[edit]

Please translate article from the Russian Wikipedia. http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Рерих,_Николай_Константинович --Deodarvostok (talk) 09:42, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Agni Yoga Society[edit]

It is usual to expand statements that are in the introduction of the article in the body of the article. Since Agni Yoga is mentioned in the introduction, there should be some explanation of the importance of AY in Roerich's life. Malcolm Schosha (talk) 13:41, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

I, too wonder what reason there can be for expunging all mention of theosophy in connection with Roerich. Obviously it takes little scrutiny of his life to discover how closely he and his wife were connected to many famous theosophists, Blavatsky for example, ... and with Agni Yoga (q.v.), which the Roerichs founded. Clearly this was a central part of NR's life, and essential to understanding him. It is not acceptable to omit such important features of a subject's biography, whether or not some editors find the facts either boring or embarrassing. Indeed, it's hard to understand the first half of the 20th century without understanding how important such alternative religious movements were, in culture and the arts, in psychology, in politics, etc. Such omissions serve as further examples of how often Wikipedia falls short of authenticity... let alone keen insight. Twang (talk) 06:35, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Manchurian Expedition[edit]

"Certain activities of Roerich so severely embarrassed the U.S. government politically..."

What did he do?? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.191.135.66 (talk) 20:40, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Seconded. That was the whole reason I read the thing. The article feels more like a eulogy than like an encyclopedia entry. 70.117.19.89 (talk) 07:22, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

YES! Also why I read it. The whole article reads like a wacky Russian hagiography, it's obvious that the guy was pretty out there, so let's hear some more about his wacky beliefs. Hell, apparently they were crazy enough to cost a man the presidential election. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.179.67.128 (talk) 04:43, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

I also agree that this article reads more like a hagiography than a neutral encyclopedia article. Roerich's association with Vice-President Henry A. Wallace was in itself a major controversy when Wallace made his third-party presidential bid in 1948, and Wallace himself bitterly broke with Roerich in the 1950s, even going so far as to call him a "fraud" (you can read about this in the Wallace biography American Dreamer). This article relentlessly praises the guy and has almost no criticisms whatsoever - and there were numerous criticisms made of Roerich's claims and activities. It needs to be rewritten with far more citations and more balance (neutrality). Just a thought. 70.145.229.162 (talk) 17:25, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Excellent refs[edit]

Have added a new quote to clarify Roerich's position and have also noted that the source in question: Moscow & St. Petersburg 1900-1920: Art, Life & Culture by John E. Bowlt, Vendome, 2008 is one of the best refs I've come across in a long time Re: Russian 'silver Age' art and culture. For those interested. Truly inter/multi disciplinary approach bordering on polymathic (not intended as book review purely enthusiastic NPOV). Ernstblumberg (talk) 18:53, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

81,000 paintings?[edit]

Really? A previous version of the article states 7000 and even that is a lot of paintings.69.149.72.17 (talk) 23:27, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Not possible, 81K paintings would mean one painting every four hours of his waking life since age ten until his death... 7,000 is possible. Picasso started in early childhood and painted an estimated 13,000 to 20,000 paintings and total attributed works estimated at 50K but no one is certain (up to 250K pieces of sculpture and prints are attributed to his studio efforts).Iconoclast.Horizon (talk) 03:25, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Butchered in Translation[edit]

The first of this article is a disaster of translations from Russian with incorrect tenses and word/phrase associations completely incoherent. Either it needs to be rewritten or retranslated by someone who speaks both English and Russian. There is enough information out there on Nicholas Roerich for an english speaker to tackle this portion of the article again.Iconoclast.Horizon (talk) 02:42, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

I have restored an earlier neutral and english-language version of the article rather than the absurdly adulatory and incomprehensible google translate cut and paste version. μηδείς (talk) 03:07, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Second World War. Service to Russia[edit]

This section reads like Propaganda and violates the NPOV at least:

"predicting the Russian people’s victory against the fascism."

"When fascist forces occupied extensive Soviet territories, N. Roerich..."

Despite this language, there's no mention of Roerich's relationship with the Soviet Government at the time, for instance, the name "Stalin" appears nowhere in this piece.

The section was an unreferenced cut and paste from the Russian article and I have removed it as violating copyright as well as being biased and almost incomprehensible. μηδείς (talk) 03:08, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Categories[edit]

We have categories called Ballets designed by Nicholas Roerich and Ballets by Nikolai Roerich. When these appear in the same article, such as The Rite of Spring, one could almost be forgiven for thinking these were two different gentlemen.

As he is virtually always known in the West as Nicholas Roerich, hence our article name, can the Nikolai category be renamed, please? -- Jack of Oz [Talk] 02:30, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

New images of paintings[edit]

I've uploaded several images of paintings by Roerich from Google Art Project's collections from the International Centre of the Roerichs and Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona (below). The Centre's are all published in 1922 (with three from the «Sancta» Series), the others are earlier. Feel free to use any of them if useful. Dcoetzee 07:00, 30 January 2013 (UTC)