Marcel Janco

1895 - 1984
Marcel Janco born in Bucharest, Romania in 1895, his life history can be divided into two main chapters: 46 years in Europe and 43 years in Israel. His artistic talent became apparent early on. He learned the foundations of classical art from his teacher Josef Isser who would continue to influence his work throughout his life. Janco started "Simbolul" and "Chemarea", literary journals in which his drawings were first published. At the age of 20, Janco went to Zurich to study architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology and joined a group of young artists performing at the Cabaret Voltaire as part of the avant-garde Dada movement. Janco played an active role in the entire group’s activities, curated exhibitions, issued manifestos, and published a journal. Janco himself designed the masks they wore in their performances and participated in the shows. During this period, Janco also belonged to "New Life", a group that organized artistic and intellectual activities. In 1922, after a brief stay in Paris, Janco returned to Romania and his paintings were now mostly of local landscapes, peasants, interiors and classical subjects which he depicted in a modernist style. His work displayed cubist elements along with dark coloration, particularly browns and grays, and he was involved with several other groups of Romanian artists who were similarly striving to promote the principles of modernism. Despite his professional success in the country of his birth, in 1940, at the start of World War II, Janco decided to move with his family to Israel. Once here, both his style of painting and his architectural work underwent a striking change, with the Mediterranean light finding its way into his palette. He carried with him a sketchbook in which he recorded what he saw, and then reproduced the scenes in vivid colors on his return to the studio. His paintings from this period depict the landscapes and people of the country, as well as its heroic struggle for independence. In 1948 Janco was one of the founding fathers of the movement "Ofakim Hadashim" (New Horizons) alongside artists such as Yehezkel Streichman and Joseph Zaritsky. In 1953 Janco wanted to find a way to restore the Arab village Ein Hod and convinced artists and sculptors to move there. He himself joined the first group of settlers in Ein Hod. Janco was part of the art school "Studia" and later he taught in a variety of institutions, as well as in courses conducted in Ein Hod. In the last twenty years of Janco's life he actively promoted the village of Ein Hod, as well as writing articles about a range of subjects that drew his interest and in 1967 he received the Israel Prize for his work. His last works display an absolute return to abstract and geometric shapes.

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ללא כותרת, שמן על קרטון, 35X50 ס"מ,…

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Marcel Janco
Untitled, oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm, Signed.…

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Marcel Janco
Don Quixote, Oil on canvas laid down…

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3000

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Marcel Janco
Double Sided : The Restoration of Israel,…

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700

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Marcel Janco
Dada 20, Watercolor on paper, 47X34 cm.…

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Marcel Janco
Bikkurim, Watercolor on paper, 31X23 cm. Signed…

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Marcel Janco
Nude, 1941, Watercolor on paper, 21X32 cm.…

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850

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Marcel Janco
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 46X65 cm. Signed.

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5000

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Marcel Janco
Still Life, Oil on canvas laid down…

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Marcel Janco
Boats in the Harbor, Oil on cardboard,…

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Marcel Janco
Porter, 1949, Oil on canvas laid down…

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Marcel Janco
Composition, panda on paper, 13X20 cm. Signed.…

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200

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Ein Hod, watercolor on paper, 24X34 cm.…

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550

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Untitled, oil on canvas laid down on…

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Marcel Janco
Still Life on the Table, Watercolor on…

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Marcel Janco
Naked on a Ball, 1945, Marker on…

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300

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Marcel Janco
Nude, Watercolor on paper, 30X21 cm, Signed.…

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Marcel Janco
Geometric Collage, Aluminum, 50X35 cm. Signed.

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1100

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Marcel Janco
Composition, 1919, Oil on cardboard, 70X50 cm.…

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Marcel Janco
Figures, Oil on cardboard laid down on…

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Marcel Janco
Figures, Oil on cardboard laid down on…

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Marcel Janco
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 50X70 cm. Signed.

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6000

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Marcel Janco
A Village in Romania, circa 1923, Oil…

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10000

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Marcel Janco
A yard with laundry 1945, watercolor on…

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280

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Marcel Janco
Nude Between the Trees, watercolor on paper,…

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900

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Composition, oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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1300

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Marcel Janco
Soldier, 1945, watercolor on paper, 25X31 cm.…

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260

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Marcel Janco
Don Quixote, oil on canvas, 35X50 cm.…

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Marcel Janco
Untitled, marker and watercolor on paper, 23X30…

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220

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Marcel Janco
Untitled, oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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1900

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Marcel Janco
Geometric collage, aluminum, 50X35 cm. Signed.

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1500

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Marcel Janco
Geometric Collage, Aluminum, 22X35 cm. Signed.

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900

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Marcel Janco
Nude, Watercolor on paper, 21X33 cm. Signed.…

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650

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Marcel Janco
Nude, 1941, Watercolor on paper, 32X20 cm.…

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Marcel Janco
Nude, 1941, Watercolor on paper, 26X17 cm.Signed…

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340

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Marcel Janco
Composition, 1970, Oil on canvas laid down…

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