Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin

Vereshchagin, Vasily Vasilyevich (vəsēˈlyē vəsēlˈyəvĭch vyĕrĭshchäˈgĭn) [key], 1842–1904, Russian painter, soldier, and traveler. He is best known for his military pictures, which portrayed war in all its horror and brutality. He is known also for his studies of Turkistan and Asian life and the canvases dealing with Anglo-Indian history. Among his most famous pictures are Before the Attack, After the Attack, The Apotheosis of War, Left Behind, The Presentation of the Trophies, All Quiet at the Shipka Pass, The Graves at Shipka, and Blessing the Dead. Most of his works are collected in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. He was killed in the explosion of the flagship Petropavlovsk in the Russo-Japanese War.

See his autobiography (tr. 1887).

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