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.

Lot : 56

Marcel Janco
Composition, Oil on canvas, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 57

Marcel Janco
Composition, Oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 429

Marcel Janco
Figures and camel 1941, Watercolor on paper,…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 461

Marcel Janco
Safed, 1949, Colored pencils on paper, 31X48…

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$600 - 800

Lot : 623

Marcel Janco
Camel, Watercolor on paper, 20x30 cm. Signed.…

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$150 - 200

Lot : 635

Marcel Janco
Untitled, 1941, Watercolor and ink on paper,…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 662

Marcel Janco
Composition, Pastel on paper, 33x24 cm Signed.…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 717

Marcel Janco
A Figure, Marker and watercolor on paper,…

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$200 - 300

Lot : 762

Marcel Janco
Nude, 1947, Watercolor on paper, 23X33 cm…

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$600 - 800

Lot : 763

Marcel Janco
Nude, 45, Ink on paper, 34X43 cm…

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$400 - 600

Lot : 742

Marcel Janco
Paris, Pencil and watercolor on paper, 20x30…

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$450 - 600

Lot : 55

Marcel Janco
Figure Wearing a Fez, Oil on canvas…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 69

Marcel Janco
Goat, Oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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$2,500 - 3,500

Lot : 70

Marcel Janco
Composition, Oil on board, 35X50 cm. Signed.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 71

Marcel Janco
Château Pèlerin, Oil on cardboard, 50X60 cm.…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 98

Marcel Janco
En Route to Ein Hod, Oil on…

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$18,000 - 24,000

Lot : 82

Marcel Janco
Terre, 1960, Oil on canvas, 73X91 cm.…

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$15,000 - 20,000

Lot : 104

Marcel Janco
The Entrance to Paradise, 1919, Oil and…

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$40,000 - 60,000

Lot : 463

Marcel Janco
Nude, Watercolor on paper, 20.5X32 cm. Signed.…

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$500 - 700

Lot : 496

Marcel Janco
Goats, 1945, Watercolor on paper, 20x25 cm.…

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$300 - 400

Lot : 514

Marcel Janco
Solidiers, 1948 Ink on paper, 23x22 cm.…

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$400 - 600

Lot : 515

Marcel Janco
Children in the Holocaust, 1941, Watercolor and…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 551

Marcel Janco
Hassidim with Torah Scroll, 1942, Pencil and…

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$300 - 500

Lot : 539

Marcel Janco
Fishermen, Watercolor on paper, 19x31 cm. Signed.…

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$800 - 1,200

Lot : 77

Marcel Janco
Sunset, Oil on canvas, 60X80 cm, Janco…

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$8,000 - 12,000

Lot : 78

Marcel Janco
Women in Gray, Oil on canvas, 73X92…

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$20,000 - 30,000

Lot : 214

Marcel Janco
Untitled, Oil on cardboard, 42X53 cm. Signed.…

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$3,000 - 4,000

Lot : 213

Marcel Janco
Sancho Panza, Oil on cardboard, 35X50 cm.…

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$2,000 - 3,000

Lot : 654

Marcel Janco
Figures and Palm Trees on the Beach,…

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$400 - 600

Lot : 663

Marcel Janco
Couple, Watercolor on paper, 20x30 cm, Signed.

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$300 - 500

Lot : 69

Marcel Janco
Young Lady with Hat, early 30s, Oil…

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$12,000 - 15,000

Lot : 218

Marcel Janco
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 35X50 cm, Signed.…

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$2,500 - 4,000

Lot : 219

Marcel Janco
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 60X73 cm. Signed.

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 220

Marcel Janco
Landscape with Goats, Oil on cardboard laid…

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$3,000 - 5,000

Lot : 531

Marcel Janco
Dog, Ink on paper, 35x50 cm, Signed.

Estimated price

$500 - 700

Lot : 532

Marcel Janco
Cats, Watercolor and oil pastel on paper,…

Estimated price

$500 - 700

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