Awarded a medal for his bravery, veteran of many battles and wars fought by the Imperial Russian Army, his paintings were banned in Russia and elsewhere.
Certainly the most prolific, and probably the most successful, marine artist of all time. His paintings were even admired by JMW Turner.
There are several Russian (and Ukrainian) painters who have been claimed to have had impressionist styles, usually for a period in the late nineteenth century. Here are two of the greatest of them.