Vasily Vereshchagin’s “Turkestan Series” - Part One
Vasily Vereshchagin was a famous Russian Orientalist painter who in 1867 was invited by the military governor of Turkestan, Konstantine Kaufmann. The work inspired by his visit that followed became known as the “Turkestan series” which includes scenes of daily life and the Russian Empire’s war of conquest in Central Asia. Vereshchagin himself took part in the defense of Samarkand against the Bukharan Emir’s army in 1868, was wounded in the course of the battle, for which he was awarded the Order of St. George. Vereshchagin returned to St. Petersburg at the end of 1868 and began to work on the paintings. After holding an exhibition of his work in 1869, he returned once more to Turkestan.