Vasily Polenov was part of the landmark Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers or The Itinerants) school of realist Russian art. Many of his paintings — such as Golden Autumn or Moscow Courtyard — have become downright iconic. When not painting Russian landscapes, Polenov created many pieces based on the New Testament. He traveled extensively to the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean to research the setting for his Biblical works; as a result, he also left many paintings and studies of the region’s landscapes and genre scenes. They are definitely worth checking out, but for now, behold Vasily Polenov’s best Russian landscapes, many of which were inspired by the gorgeous scenery around his Oka River estate, now called Polenovo.