Nikolay Semyonovich Samokish , is a Russian painter and illustrator (of Hangroise descent), born October 25, 1860 and died January 18, 1944.
Nikolai lived through all the great wars of the Russian Empire and the USSR: the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905) the revolution of 1905, the First World War (1914-1918), the Bolshevik revolution (1917), the Russian Civil War (1917-1922) and World War II (1939-1944). He illustrated the violence of these wars in various works.
After a youth in Nosivka (in Ukraine), he studied in the Academy of Arts of Saint Petersburg (1879-1885) then in Paris (1885-1888)
He became a professor and member of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1913. In 1941, Nikolai Samokich received the Stalin Prize.
Image of title: « Pursuit » (1905), source: en.wikipedia