This week’s beer-themed painting provides another opportunity for us beer nerds to learn about art history. This painting was inspired by Marc Chagall’s The Green Violinist. Chagall lived a long time from 1887-1985! That’s 98 years! Born in modern day Belarus, this Russian-French-Jewish artist experienced a whole lot of life, including the Russian Revolution, and Nazi invasion of France. Chagall’s timing was impeccably off, being in St. Petersburg during 1917, and in France in 1940. Fairly dangerous, especially for a Jewish artist.
His painting of the green-faced fiddler, painted 1923-24, is probably the most famous Chagall piece, although he did work in many different mediums, including book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries, and fine art prints. The Green Violinist is often considered the inspiration for the popular 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof. Painted upon Chagall’s return to Paris from Russia, this piece shows his Russian Jewish roots, and his recent work as a set designer in Russia. In this Chagall parody, I simply put the green faced fiddler in a setting that shows off a large brewery. Just like in a good brewery setting with live music, the musician should have drinks on the house, represented by the pint on the rooftop by this magical violinist’s feet. Hence, the name of this piece is Beer on the House.
Cheers to finding the best music and beer! May your holidays be festive, and may your face not be green with envy, but your coat a luxurious purple!