Marcel Janco

"La Mer Noire" Figurative Dada Artist Proof



Lithograph, Artist Proof


Post-impressionist style artist proof lithograph of figures. The work is similarly to the style of Paul Gauguin's Tahiti paintings. The work is signed and titled by the artist. It is framed in a gold frame with a white matte.

Artist Biography

Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he co-edited, with Ion Vinea and Tristan Tzara, the Romanian art magazine Simbolul. Janco was a practitioner of Art Nouveau, Futurism and Expressionism before contributing his painting and stage design to Tzara's literary Dadaism. He parted with Dada in 1919, when he and painter Hans Arp founded a Constructivist circle, Das Neue Leben. Reunited with Vinea, he founded Contimporanul, the influential tribune of the Romanian avant-garde, advocating a mix of Constructivism, Futurism and Cubism. At Contimporanul, Janco expounded a "revolutionary" vision of urban planning. He designed some of the most innovative landmarks of downtown Bucharest. He worked in many art forms, including illustration, sculpture and oil painting. Janco was one of the leading Romanian Jewish intellectuals of his generation. Targeted by antisemitic persecution before and during World War II, he emigrated to Israel (Then under British rule) in 1941. He won the Dizengoff Prize and Israel Prize, and was a founder of Ein Hod, a utopian art colony. Marcel Janco was the brother of Georges and Jules Janco, who were his artistic partners during and after the Dada episode. His brother-in-law and fellow Constructivist promoter was the writer Jacques G. Costin, known as a survivor of 1940s antisemitism.


H 24 in. x W 29.5 in. x D 1.25 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 18.5in x W 24in.
"La Mer Noire" Figurative Dada Artist Proof
"La Mer Noire" Figurative Dada Artist Proof