Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Missing Roerich

Among Nicholas Roerich's many achievements were lasting contributions to the imagery of the Mythos. His art had a huge influence on Lovecraft, with his depictions of fantastically colored buildings clinging to towering peaks getting a specific mention in "At the Mountains of Madness". Joe Broers sent over this intriguing note regarding one particular piece of artwork.

"A picture taken (at) the Nicholas Roerich Museum in the late 30's (based on the paintings shown). Apparently the painting on the left was later removed and can no longer be found on the inventory of Roerich paintings."


9 comments:

Scare Sarah said...

Ah, cool. I think artwork can be very inspirational to horror.

cleireac said...

Hmm.

anniv111701 said...

Damn. I was really intrigued by this photo and googled for more info.

Check out the photo on this site (about 2/3 down the page)

http://suggesteddonation.com/scandalmakers/the-very-talented-too-talented

and compare the angles, light, cropping of the overall photo...

Sorry Oakree - I think it may be photoshoppery...

Propnomicon said...

@ Scare Sarah

Outside of it's obvious interest to Mythos fans the painting is a wonderful piece of work.

@ cleireac

Indeed. Heh.

@anniv111701

Just a coincidence or a trick of the light. ((cough))

Shane Mangus said...

Roerich's work was inspired to say the least. When I see some of his landscape paintings I can't help but make a Dreamlands connection.

josefk said...

I'm upset that anyone could suggest that this image is photoshopped. I'd hoped to parlay this into a job with BP, who clearly need some help. Gee, I'm not sure who's playing along here and who isn't ;-)

JonDecker said...

...and thus, oh postwriter, you feel my pain. Welcome to the world of "seriously folks, seriously?"

Propnomicon said...

@ Shane Mangus

I didn't discover Roerich's works until later in life. Seeing them from that perspective makes it clear just how influential he was on the art of the fantastic.

@ josefk

Playing along with what? ((cough))

@ JonDecker

I get so torn about things like this. On the one hand you don't want to take the joke too far and make people feel stupid. On the other, you don't want to insult people's intelligence by assuming they won't catch the joke.

Marcus said...

WOW! Just WOW!