A well-known picture of this master was written in 1917 and is dedicated to one of the main heroines of Russian folk tales, Babe Yage. This woman is always personified as a real evil and was always the most negative hero, it was not easy to cope with. She from time immemorial abducted children, enchanted beauties and lured good fellows.
According to Vasnetsov’s works, the author is very fond of Russian fairy tales, because all his characters have their own image and character, immediately felt when you look closely at his works. And the heroine of this picture seems alive and quite real. Baba Yaga, dressed in a bright red skirt, flies in a mortar with prey. The vicious old woman is rocky enough, her gray, slovenly straggles develop, she just emits a triumphant evil.
For some reason, one of her legs bare and reveals the ugly crooked fingers with long nails, the second – a miserable bast, the grandmother pushes a broom, directing her stupa forward. Her today’s hunt is quite successful and in her hands is caught prey-a small boy dressed in white. He was helplessly hanging from the hands of the old witch, completely reconciled to fate. A hurricane is raging all around, it seems that the trees are stretching their crooked branches to the thief, a fire is raging in the distance, as if the witch left behind her one devastation and evil, an eagle owls next to her, accompanying the gloomy mistress of the night.
All this picture gives very negative emotions, an unpleasant main character, an ugly landscape, an alarming glow of a fire – all this creates the impression of the triumph of evil. There is a version that the plot of this picture embodies the October Revolution, whose color bears the red skirt of the main villain, and the fire and the kidnapped boy mean sacrifices and ruin, but this version is not confirmed by anything, and the artist did not leave any explanations.