The first time I saw The Musician by Marc Chagall I was reminded of the fiddler in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. I wondered if there could be a connection between the French artist and the musical. I knew Chagall was Jewish and had been born in Russia and that Fiddler on the Roof is set in a Jewish community in Ukraine so I decided to follow my instincts and do a little research. Sure enough!
Turns out Chagall definitely influenced the creators, director and set designer of the musical. But there are varying opinions as to which painting of Chagall’s specifically provided that inspiration since the artist painted quite a number of works that featured violinists.
Some folks think the painting of Chagall’s that comes closest to the image of the fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof is …….
Others would nominate …….
And Chagall’s Wikipedia page says the inspiration was……
I think it could have been any of them. If you’ve seen the musical Fiddler on the Roof which candidate would you choose as the inspiration behind the Broadway hit?