Happy Birthday Vasily Vereshchagin!! Russian born painter, in 1842, was a well-known battle scene painter. His father was a noble landowner and Vasily entered the cadet corps at age eight, later serving in the navy. After leaving the navy he studied drawing and painting. His graphic approach to his art prevented some of his paintings from being shown. The Apotheosis of War was dedicated to “all conquerors, past, present, and to come”. The daunting pyramid of skulls beckons the viewer to consider the atrocities associated with war.