Portrait of a Lady with a Cat. Nikolai Yaroshenko (Ukrainian, 1846-98).
Yaroshenko chose a military career but he also studied art at Kramskoi’s drawing school and at the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts.
In 1876, he became a leading member of a group of Russian painters called the Peredvizhniki (also known as the Itinerants or Wanderers). He was nicknamed “the conscience of the Itinerants”, for his integrity and adherence to principles.