The Theme of the Artwork

The painting illustrates a fiddler playing the violin in the background similar to Marc Chagall's hometown Shtetl, Vitebsk. The Fiddler by Marc Chagall portrays a blend of French and Russian art at the time that he lived in each region. This artwork is influenced by the Hasidic religious practices to wield music and dance to promote theosophy back in Marc Chagall's hometown Vitebsk where he was brought up. The Fiddler centers on Marc Chagall's Russian Jewish cultural background.

The Medium used in The Fiddler

The Fiddler by Marc Chagall is an oil painting on canvas and is constituted of strongly contrasting colors. This artwork is a construction of the revolutionary Cubism artistic style invented from 1907 to 1908 by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.

Current Location

The Fiddler by Marc Chagall painting is currently under the possession of Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Artists and Paintings related to the Work of Marc Chagall

After seeing the eminent creation of Marc Chagall's, many artists embarked on arching his work based on the artistic styles, his inspirations, and the medium he used in all of his artistic formats. Major artists and paintings related to his work were:

  • Farawar by Max Vitykan acrylic, 2013
  • Divine Dance by Andre Engelman, 2018
  • A Violinist by Pol Leden, 2018

Who Inspired Marc Chagall's Work?

Leon Bakst, Jewish was Chagall's teacher during his drawing and painting school who supposedly lured Chagall into becoming an epitome of the Jewish community. The major inspiration of Marc Chagall's work was driven by the Hassidic spirit of the people in Vitebsk and how music played a significant role in their culture and religious practices back in his childhood days. Being that Marc Chagall loved both Johann Sebastian Bach’s and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music, they both greatly impacted his artwork.

Who did Marc Chagall Inspire?

Fiddler On The Roof is a musical drama-comedy book and film written by Sholem Aleichem and Joseph Stein in 1971 and is the most popular work inspired by Marc Chagall. The title of this film was derived from The Fiddler by Marc Chagall's cubist painting and is based on a milkman, Tevye. He struggles to uphold his Jewish religion, culture, and traditional practices in Shtetl, Anatevka, Russia.