Nicholas and Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and Peacemakers

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In her latest title, Ruth Drayer provides a factual account of the two Russian visionaries who believed beauty could solve the world's problems and unify humanity. Partners in all things, charismatic Nicholas (1874-1947) was an internationally acclaimed artist, author, daring explorer, conservationist, archeologist, humanitarian and peacemaker, while his wife, Helena (1879 - 1955), was a teacher and healer as well as the inspired co-author of the Agni Yoga series. This is the first book in English to interweave ...
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In her latest title, Ruth Drayer provides a factual account of the two Russian visionaries who believed beauty could solve the world's problems and unify humanity. Partners in all things, charismatic Nicholas (1874-1947) was an internationally acclaimed artist, author, daring explorer, conservationist, archeologist, humanitarian and peacemaker, while his wife, Helena (1879 - 1955), was a teacher and healer as well as the inspired co-author of the Agni Yoga series. This is the first book in English to interweave the Agni Yoga writings and the Roerichs' relationship with their spiritual teacher in with their fascinating travels, disclosing the long-hidden story of the Roerichs' connection with Tibetan Buddhism. Though it may read like a tale, Drayer takes us on the real-life adventures of the Roerichs as they travel to the most remote and dangerous regions of India, China, Mongolia, the Gobi, Tibet and Siberia. We bear witness as the couple flees the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 Russia and as they arrive in New York City in the fall of 1920 where they later founded the first school that teaches all of the arts under one roof. We experience their trials and tribulations as the Roerichs trek through the following years.
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Drayer, an artist in her own right and a numerologist, has written a candid and even charming account of the lives and misadventures of the titular Theosophical couple. Nicholas was an artist in the somewhat breathless and vivid style of 20th-century "mystical" art, while his wife, Helena, was a pioneering feminist and coauthor of the Agni Yoga series of writings. Both avid travelers and advocates of peace, they were somewhat absurdly accused of espionage in the mid-1930s. Drayer's affectionate dual biography is the first book-length treatment of Nicholas since Jacqueline Decter's Messenger of Beauty, first published in 1989, and the first to deal extensively with Helena Roerich. A valuable illumination of a little-known chapter in religious history. For most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780835608435
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 1,403,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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