Two friends out riding.
From Bayonne, of the Basque region.
But some of the best art is painted on the houses in Burkina Faso--unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any (confirmed) public domain photos of these houses, so I'll just have to link you to them, but they're awesome, so please do take a look:
The African Village where every House is a work of Art
Decorated Mud Houses of Tiébélé, Burkina Faso
Psyche, by Fyodor Tolstoy. (Not to be confused with the author.)
Psyche's Wedding, 1895, by Edward Burne-Jones
Edward Burne Jones, Pan and Psyche
I don't know what Jasper's people are doing in this picture.
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, 1793, by Antonio Canova
Cupid and Psyche, 1843, by Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours.
I adore this painting, "Wait! Let' em come nearer!", by Vereshchagin, 1895.
Also by Vereshchagin:
The Night Bivouac of the Great Army--and this is why Napoleon's army all died.
In Defeated Moscow ("Arsonists" or "Shooting in the Kremlin")
There is a horror in Vereshchagin's paintings.
In the Hospital, 1901.
The beginning of modern warfare...
The Doors of Tamerlane, 1873
and yet preserved a world left behind:
Mounted Warrior in Jaipur. c.1881
Jerusalem. Kings' Tombs, 1885.
Solomon's Wall, 1885.
Ivan Mrkvička, Rachenitsa, 1894
Some other interesting Bulgarian pieces: Paris 1900 in Sofia – Revisiting the Grand World Fair at Bulgaria’s National Gallery for Foreign Art
I'm not sure what this one is, but I like to think it's a dwarf. :)
Pushkin's "Song of Oleg" recounts a meeting between the Russian Prince Oleg (c. 900) and a mage, and later his death. Watercolor by Vasnetsov, 1899.
What I find curious is how similar the style is to illustrations of Ossian, and a lot of German/Celtic art in general. Was there actually some sort of similar ancient art style that these ancient tribal groups shared, or did artists in various European countries just all start drawing them similarly?