Kashchey the Immortal by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1926-1927

The images in Vasnetsov’s paintings always look very realistic.
Tree main colors of the picture are chocolate brown, alizarin red and gold. Everything is designed to show that the action takes place in a luxurious mansion, decorated with rare wood and gold. Koshey is shown incredibly greedy, he holds a young girl he captured, and looks at her with his empty eyes.

“Koshey is an archetypal male antagonist, described mainly as abducting the hero’s wife.” 

Why does he do that? What does the damsel think? 

I’ll try to show the old story from a new angle.