I like Concert for many of the same reasons as I like Chagall’s other works. His liberal use of colors and habit of filling the canvas with as much energy and detail really show through in this work. You will notice that Chagall has placed musicians in almost every possible location on this painting, and they are grouped together by the type of instrument they play, just like a real orchestra.
This concert takes place under the moonlight at night, which is a favorite time of day for Chagall. A closer look will reveal spectators lying down to enjoy the concert, the evening, and the view of the Eiffel Tower in the background. The pair of spectators in the middle of the painting appear to be relaxing in a gondola while floating down a canal. Truly, Chagall was attempting to portray a serene, relaxing atmosphere, while incorporating the romantic theme that has become one of his trademarks.
Concert differs from most other Marc Chagall paintings in that it is presented in a landscape perspective, as opposed to the more traditional portrait manner. This makes it ideal for hanging on large walls, as it will fill the empty space a little bit better than some of his other works.
Concert is one of my favorite Marc Chagall paintings, because the viewer is given the same sense of leisure and tranquility that the artist has provided his subjects. I can almost feel myself drifting down a canal while listening to the soothing sounds of a string orchestra!