Green violinist, Mark Chagall – overview of the painting

Green violinist, Mark Chagall – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Mark Zakharovich Shagal
  • Museum: Museum of Solomon Guggenheim
  • Year: 1923-1924

Overview of the painting :

Green violinist – Mark Zakharovich Shagal. 1923-1924. Oil on canvas. 108.6 x 198 cm

   Chagall was forced to answer the question quite often why a violinist dancing on the roof often occurs in his picture, while the painter calmly claimed that this was by no means an allegory, but reality. Like, he had an uncle who, when he ate compote, climbed onto the roof so that no one could bother him.

   However, seriously speaking, the music violinist in Chagall’s work leitmotif is stable and permanent. Critics tend to recall the author’s Jewish origin – a violinist in traditional culture accompanies all stages of the life of a Jewish family, although others interpret the green violinist more ephemerally as a symbol of human rebirth through art.

   One way or another, the presented work is one of the iconic, especially in composition: it is a complex polyphony where different plans, images and stories merge together.

   The main character stands out not only in size, but also in color decision – a green face, dark blue hair and a beard, a bright yellow-red violin in his hands. Two young men look at him fascinated. A colorful musician who has gone to the dance distracts the viewer from the background, and in the meantime, amazing things also unfold – Chagall presented all the shifts of the year, from green summer to snowy winter.

   Everything in this work deserves the epithet “too” – too saturated colors, too extraordinary plot, too colorful character, but this is the main strength of the picture, its dynamics and powerful energy.