1874, St Petersburg - 7, Kullu (India)

Adoration of the Earth


  • tempera on cardboard. 62 х 94
  • Ж-1982

  • Пост. в 1920 из собрания Ж. Л. Румановой, Петроград

Set design for Act I of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Paris, 1913
The artist himself contributed to the libretto of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps. While Stravinsky composed the music, Roerich developed the ballet “score”, employing his excellent knowledge of the customs, dances and costumery of the Ancient Slavs in a synthesis of the arts befitting a member of the World of Art. Although his sets were highly acclaimed by the critics, the public failed to understand the revolutionary choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky. Audiences whistled and jeered, drowning out the orchestra. Adoration of the Earth is inspired by ancient Russian history.

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