Chagall's Violinist

Chagall's Violinist
Chagall's Violinist

Marc Chagall painted images of violinists on various occasions. Somehow, when he went to live in Paris, for a while he had no connection with his surroundings, so his mind took refuge in the memories of his Belarushometown, and hence the figure of this popular musician, or the architecture that recalls that of his place of origin.


Chagall's Violinist

Keep in mind that in the Slavic culture from which he came, violinists traditionally played their instruments at all kinds of events, from weddings to funerals.

And here he presents it to us on a disproportionate scale with respect to his surroundings, in full foreground, and with extraordinary color. The figure acts in the painting with various meanings.

On the one hand, for Chagall it becomes a symbol of his childhood, his roots, and therefore of what he is, and he paints it between 1912 and 1913, in a phase of certain uprooting in the city of Paris where he lives. A time in which he also lives precariously. In fact, if we look at this painting, it is not painted on a canvas, but on a tablecloth as can be seen in certain parts of its surface.

But there are more meanings. He also pays homage to his uncle Neuch, whom he loved very much, and although he had never been a great violinist, he never stopped playing that instrument with enthusiasm. And on the other hand, he also wants to evoke aRussian Jew named Sormus, who was a violinist who led the failed revolution of 1905.

The truth is that throughout his life Chagall resorted to certain themes that had marked his childhood. He can be seen in other works such as the Sabbath, and in fact the elements of his Hebrew education are almost constant.

Just like his characters that seem to fly or that don't suffer from gravity are very common, because that's the feeling that this gigantic violinist gives us, or other images of his like the Double portrait with a glass of wine. A type of representation that undoubtedly has a lot of dreamlike and surreal.

In the same way that color can be described as surreal. The musician's face is green, his beard is blue, the violin is yellow, there is also a tree below with a blue top. And he sets the scene in a delirious snowy white landscape. However, the magic is that it combines all that palette in a natural way. They are ideal colors for that fantasy environment, with unreal perspectives, and yet the most harmonious from the first glance at the painting.

Therefore, his style is absolutely unclassifiable. It has its initial elements linked toCubism, then goes through notesExpressionistsandSurrealists, but the art of he is a continuous coming and going, like his life, in a permanent journey

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