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Polovtsian Camp. 1909

Roerich Nicholas
Pastel and tempera on cardboard
43 х 60

Пост. в 1919 (?) из собрания В. Н. Аргутинского-Долгорукова, Петроград


Nicholas Roerich first worked on Alexander Borodin’s Prince Igor in 1909, when Sergei Diaghilev included excerpts from the opera in his first Saison Russe in Paris. Diaghilev took a full performance of the opera to London in 1914. He again invited Roerich to design the sets and costumes. Chaliapin sang the part of Khan Konchak and the opera enjoyed great success with the British public. Roerich, however, was unable to attend the premiere.

Author's Biography

Roerich Nicholas

Roerich, Nicholas (Nikolai Konstantinovich)
1874, St Petersburg -7, Kullu (India)
Painter, theatrical designer, writer. Studied under Arkhip Kuindzhi at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1893-97), Faculty of Law, St Petersburg University (1893-98) and Fernand Cormon''s studio in Paris (1900-01). Academician of painting (1909). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1895). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1902, 1903, 191 1-17; founding member 1910; chairman 1910-13), Union of Russian Artists ( 1903-10; member from 1903), Salon d''Automne (1906, 1907; member from 1906), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900), World Exhibition in St Louis (1904), International Exhibitions in Munich (1909), Rome (1911, 1914) and Malmo (1914) and the Exhibitions of Russian Art in Paris (1906-08), Berlin (1906) and Vienna (1908). Director of the School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1906-16). Designed for theatres in Moscow and St Petersburg and Sergei Diaghilev''s Saisons Russes (from 1907). Emigrated (1918). Settled in Kullu in India (1928).

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