The artist's last trip was a journey to Japan that coincided with the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. He died during that war in the explosion of the battleship "Petropavlovsk".
Nevertheless, renowned well for his brilliant and anthropologically accurate depictions of people, cities, settlements and battles, Vereshchagin is still being underestimated as the author of highly accurate observations found in his travel diaries and letters.
Vereshchagin's notes on Japan, on the daily life of Tokyo and Kyoto, on his love for the Japanese landscape, his interest in Buddhist and Shinto cults and peculiar detached descriptions of local residents and their customs have not yet been studied by orientalists as deeply and in detail as they should. These notes are an invaluable source not only for the anthropological and ethnological, but also for the historical and psychological fields of scientific research.
D.V. Dubrovskaya illustrated her report with reproductions of paintings and sketches belonging to the Japanese corpus of V.V. Vereshchagin’s works. Then she demonstrated in which way the visual information was received by the artist in the process of observation, and then was processed by the painter through its verbalization. D.V. Dubrovskaya made an assumption on the reasons for Vereshchagin's development of a new style similar to French impressionism, possibly influenced by Japanese engraving.
The congress, organized jointly with Kyoto Seika University, was held fully online, allowing the organizers to bring together scholars from 65 countries. Most of the lectures at the congress were accompanied by pre-recorded presentations.