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Kenneth Archer is a British art historian and scenic consultant who focuses on the life and work of Nicholas Roerich. As an art historian Archer has lectured extensively on the artist, published a monograph on his paintings and designs and many other texts, including articles, interviews and reviews. As a scenic consultant he has reconstructed Roerich’s costumes and decors for two versions of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps: the original version, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and staged by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, 1913; and the version choreographed and staged by Leonide Massine at La Scala in Milan, 1948.

Nicholas Roerich in the United States in 1921

(Photo: Fernand de Gueldre)

Kenneth Archer adjusting the headband of the Russian ballerina, Alexandra Yosifidi, who danced the role of the Chosen One in the Hodson/Archer reconstruction of the 1913 Sacre du Printemps in the productions at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, 2003, and at the Rome Opera, 2007.

(Photo: Shira Klasmer)

The Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich, born in St Petersburg in 1874, figured prominently in the Silver Age of Russian art during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. By the time he left Russia, around 1917, he had painted several hundred canvases and had earned an international reputation. He continued to paint prolifically in Western Europe, America, Central Asia and India until his death at Naggar in the Himalayas in 1947. Roerich’s paintings continue to be well known in Russia and India as do his writings and his activities in the fields of archaeology, education in the arts, Eastern philosophy and world peace. In the West, though, he is best known for his sets and costumes for Sergei Diaghilev’s productions of the ballets, “The Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor in 1909 and Le Sacre du Printemps in 1913. Both were acclaimed at the time of their Parisian premieres and became classics of stage decor. Roerich also carried out commissions for such people as Konstantin Stanislavsky in Moscow, Sir Thomas Beecham  in London and Leonide Massine in New York.

The Russian painter, Nicholas Roerich, born in St Petersburg in 1874, figured prominently in the Silver Age of Russian art during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

NICHOLAS ROERICH

Kenneth Archer