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Green Violinist - Chagall

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I was amusing myself (don't ask why <_<) by looking up green violins...

And found a green violinist.

Wonder what restaurant he ate at?

 

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Maybe he ate green eggs and ham.  There are houses under his feet...  he's the fiddler on the roof!  

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17 minutes ago, MikeC said:

Maybe he ate green eggs and ham.  There are houses under his feet...  he's the fiddler on the roof!  

A similar painting by Chagall from 1912, The Fiddler,

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has been claimed as the inspiration for the title of the musical, but a 2014 newspaper article suggests that the title derives equally from three paintings, the two cited above, plus Le Mort.

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In reference to a much earlier thread about fiddles in paintings, anybody notice that Chagall didn't stick F-holes in the right place either?  :huh::lol:

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3 hours ago, Bill Merkel said:

That's so ugly it could be a modern art masterpiece.

:D

My favourite ugly artist is Max Ernst. 

Could be interesting to create a thread of violins in paintings.

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3 minutes ago, Andreas Preuss said:

 

Could be interesting to create a thread of violins in paintings.

Matisse has many violins, violinists, and violin cases.

 

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23 minutes ago, crazy jane said:

Matisse has many violins, violinists, and violin cases.

 

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Paul Klee played violin, but I actually don't know of any painting with a violin.

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2 hours ago, Andreas Preuss said:

Paul Klee played violin, but I actually don't know of any painting with a violin.

...not exactly a painting but still...

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Matisse seems to have a better sense of how one holds a bow and fiddle than Chagall, who barely knows what a violin looks like.. But on the other hand he has this hippopotamus who really loves the music.

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1 hour ago, Herman West said:

Chagall, who barely knows what a violin looks like.

Unprobably. He grew up in the chassidic tradition to which this painting has strong regards, and a powerful spiritual content if one might be willing to see it. You can look at it in the Guggenheim.

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7 hours ago, Violadamore said:

In reference to a much earlier thread about fiddles in paintings, anybody notice that Chagall didn't stick F-holes in the right place either?  :huh::lol:

I believe that is a matter of perspective ;)

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2 hours ago, romberg flat said:

...not exactly a painting but still...

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I once saw a Vuillaume viola with asymmetrical bouts that bore a passing resemblance to the above blueprints...

Somebody should fix the tailpiece length over the saddle though. That's going to be uncomfortable. Or is it an endpin?

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5 hours ago, Blank face said:

Unprobably. He grew up in the chassidic tradition to which this painting has strong regards, and a powerful spiritual content if one might be willing to see it. You can look at it in the Guggenheim.

Yup, being from Russia at the same time as so many famous violinists were produced, and being involved in the arts, he'd have seen properly set up violins.  That was my point.  You can't base a serious discussion on violin development solely on artist's renditions, as some have tried.  Even back when attempting realistic portrayals of the subject depicted was an assumed norm, a lot of imagination would be applied.  Many portraits, for instance, would be "improved", way, way before Photoshop, or even airbrushes, appeared, and most "historical" scenes were painted from the artist's imagination.  :lol:  :)

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I see he painted violinists in many colours! This is The Blue Violinist - although he looks red to me...

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...and shapes! My goats luv this one. 

Don't know how I missed all these (during my art years)...

 

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6 minutes ago, Rue said:

...and shapes! My goats luv this one. 

Don't know how I missed all these (during my art years)...

Call me old fashioned, but I like art by people who actually have good drawing skills.

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39 minutes ago, sospiri said:

Call me old fashioned, but I like art by people who actually have good drawing skills.

Believe it or not all the giants of Modern art knew how to draw in realistic way, but did not want to. Thank goodness.

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Marc Chagall: Bella with White Collar, 1917 

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8 minutes ago, romberg flat said:

Believe it or not all the giants of Modern art knew how to draw in realistic way, but did not want to. Thank goodness.

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Marc Chagall: Bella with White Collar, 1917 

Did he change his style to fit in with whatever the critics deemed contemporary art?

 

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2 minutes ago, sospiri said:

Did he change his style to fit in with whatever the critics deemed contemporary art?

 

IMHO, Chagall wasn't one of those.  He was, um, unusual to begin with, and was producing surrealist paintings before wealthy collectors, employers of art critics, and museum donors began to fiddle with the market.  :)

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6 minutes ago, sospiri said:

Did he change his style to fit in with whatever the critics deemed contemporary art?

 

No. He just did it his way. Like all giants did... 

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1 minute ago, Violadamore said:

IMHO, Chagall wasn't one of those.  He was, um, unusual to begin with, and was producing surrealist paintings before wealthy collectors, employers of art critics, and museum donors began to fiddle with the market.  :)

Oh, eye see. He was a revolutionary? But played it safe in 1917?

 

 

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