Vasilii Vereshchagin

Верещагин, Василий Васильевич

Painter, traveller

Born Cherepovets (Novgorod), 26 October 1842

Died Port Arthur (Manchuria), 13 April 1904


Vasilli Vereshchagin graduated from the St. petersburg Naval school, but left his career to study at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. In 1864 he studied in paris with Jean-Léon Gerôme. In 1887 he joined General Kaufman's army in the siege of Samarkand, and in 1877 the Russian Army to participate in the Russo-Turkish war (1877-1878).  His best known paintings, such as the 'Apotheosis of war' (1871) brought him fame and  he became one of the most famous Russian war artists and one of the first Russian artists to be widely recognised abroad.