are legendary men, who were called by Russian people to protect
their towns from invaders. They would go single-handed against
big hoards of aggressors and save villages and people. Their
names are : Nikita Dobrynich, Ilya Murometz, and Aloysha Papovich,
who was the youngest and very skillful with the bow and arrow.
painted the picture of these heroes one hundred years ago, and
I believe it is in the Russian Museum of St. Petersberg. In
his painting, all 3 are dressed in full battle regalia, standing
on top of the hill, and looking into the distance, so they can
see if any aggressors are in sight. I decided to paint them
without the full battle regalia for many reasons: new times,
in Russian translates as "powerful man". Bogatyrie are for Russians
a symbol as to be Free. So, new times, new bogatyrie. Now Russia
is in the hardest situation in its history...different invaders,
and greater dangers. The symbol stands for power, justice and
freedom from evil one.