Vasily Surikov (1848-1916) was a Russian Academic painter. He was raised in Siberia and descended from its Cossack conquerors, who provided inspiration for many of his historical works. He studied at the Academy in St. Petersburg, after which he settled in Moscow. Early success allowed him to travel to Italy, France, Germany, and Austria, which widened his perspective. Yet his focus returned to scenes from Russian and particularly Siberian history, and after the death of his wife, he moved his family back there.
The Conquest of Siberia by Yermak (oil on canvas, 1895, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg) depicts the 16th Century conquest of Siberia for Russia by the Cossack leader Yermak.
Russian Troops Under Suvorov Crossing the Alps (oil on canvas, 1899, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg) recounts the disastrous Russian invasion of Switzerland during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Taking of a Snow Fortress is a scene from everyday Siberian life, depicting a traditional equestrian challenge of the region (oil on canvas, 1891, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). This is my favorite Surikov, due to its vigorous energy.