Mykola Dmytrovych Kuznetsov (1850-1929) painted primarily portraits and genre scenes. Born in Kherson, he attended school in Odessa, where his talent was first noticed. He attended the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, and following graduation exhibited throughout Russia and Ukraine, receiving numerous commissions. In 1895, he was offered a professorship at the Imperial Academy, and taught there for two years before returning to Odessa. In 1900, he became a member of the Peredvizhniki (Wanderers or Itinerants) progressive artists’ movement. He emigrated to Yugoslavia during the Russian Civil War as the White Army retreated. He died in Sarajevo.