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Title: The Three Bogatyrs
Artist: Bogdanov Vladimir
Size: 9.5x7.5x8
Size (inches): 3.75x3x3.25
Price : $850 SOLD!


This traditional Palekh box has been painted by Vladimir Bogdanov. Bogdanov works in Palekh traditions using tempera paints. Icon-painting is favorite style of this painter but he prefers its modernized variant. Vladimir is interested in painting historic and epic themes. Detailed accomplishment of a box and tidiness of its execution are the most principal elements in his artwork.
The work is painted on Bogdanov's favorite theme of Russian epos. On the box's lid and on each of its sides the artist has painted various Russian bogatyrs and some events connected with them. On the box's lid he has depicted the most popular bogatyrs in Russia: Alesha Popovich, Dobrynya Nikitich and Ilya Muromets riding their steeds. The box's front side features Ilya Muromets attacking Solovey the Bandit. The left side depicts Dobrynya Nikitich killing the Dragon who stole the niece of Prince Vladimir, Zabava. The right side features the battle of Alyosha Popovich with Tugarin Zmyeyevich who symbolizes the Mongolian Tartar Yoke. The rear side of the box displays another Russian bogatyr, Mikula Selyaninovich, the ploughman, who is the embodiment of hard-working Russian people.
The palette chosen of this work is rich and filled with bright, turbulent tempera paints. Gold and aluminum paint is used to add intricate details that bring out the true beauty of the palette and develop the contours as well.
The box is constructed from high-grade papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while red lacquer completes the interior of the box. The exterior is decorated with intricate gold foliage patterns accompanied by silver flowers. Each scene is titled with the name of a bogatyr it depicts. The lid is hinged to the top of the composition, and the box rests on two legs. The box is signed with the artist's name, the village of Palekh, and the year of 2009.

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