International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Humanities | India | Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2024 | Rating: 4.6 / 10

Nicholas Roerich: A Journey Towards Universal Harmony

Shraddha Pal

Abstract: Nicholas Roerich, a visionary mystic painter left a rich legacy of more than 7000 paintings, sketches, and at least 30 books, which opened the door to his spiritual quest. The spiritual journey of Nicholas Roerich started with his fascination with unconventional spirituality such as esoteric and occultism. This shift from conventional orthodoxy was due to the quest of modernist poets and artists, especially of symbolists of the Silver Age, who were seeking the intangible, abstract, immaterial essence of life. This quest for unconventional spirituality gained popularity in the Artists? Colony in Talashkino founded by Princess Maria Kalvdievna Tenisheva in the 1890s. Nicholas Roerich collaborated with the princess in this ambitious revivalist project. Aleksandra Loginovna Pogoskaia, a collaborator with Princess Maria Tenisheva in her project of reviving the pagan, peasant arts turned to theosophy in 1909. Nicholas Roerich also developed an interest in theosophy and Eastern mysticism. Roerich along with his wife and two children embarked on a five - year - long trek through the Himalayas in search of ?universal mysticism?. This paper is an attempt to unravel the spiritual quest of Nicholas Roerich which is secular and propagates peace through a ?beautiful synthesis? of cultures, and religions of the world.

Keywords: Nicholas Roerich, mystic, painter, theosophy and eastern mysticism, spiritual quest, Helena Roerich

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2024,

Pages: 1298 - 1300

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