The Three Bogatyrs is an important part of Russia’s folklore and was also published in four books. Viewers have long lauded Vasnetsov’s painting of the Bogatyrs. As the latter belonged to the realist school, there are no grounds for comparing it to Virtosu’s painting as he is of the Impressionist school.
The painting is a wonderful burst of bold colors, with brushstrokes ranging from the fine and light to the heavy and strong. The foreground is dominated by varying shades of blue and, unless white/light breaks through the blue, the shades tend towards the dark, such as that which one finds in the sea or the color of the day when sunset begins to approach. The colors are familiar and comforting because they may lead viewers down a happy line of memories, such as beach trips with family when young, or when gazing at the sunset and feeling amazed be the color of the sky and how that color gradually blackens. The blue is sometimes circular, other times it is heading upwards or downwards. The strong brush strokes allow us to see the movement and changeability of the blue background. It is a background in motion, not static.
The centerpiece, supposedly, depicts the three bogatyrs of Russian legend, folklore and history. They are colorful, one after the other. The first id orange with a trunk, as opposed to a nose, the third is green and the mouth seems to open up, not from the face but from the chin, giving it an extremely large bit. The last is a darker shade of green, with a red line, supposedly in place of the mouth, an egg-shaped orange yellow mark. This figure is either not as remarkable as the other two and is to the far end of the rich, varied and multicolored grounding they are one. Instead, the third figure seems to have its own ground, flowing directly from him, or towards him. It is a patterned orange shape with blue in the middle. The blue seems to be a pond or an empty space in the patterned orange, allowing the blue of the background to shine through. The Three Bogatyrs is a delightful painting which adorns its canvas with beauty and joy.