VISIONARY REVUE

      After finding the academic atmosphere too stifling for her creativity, she quit two years later and took up private lessons with Francien van Davelaar, an Anthroposophist who introduced her to the works of Rudolf Steiner.

JOHFRA AND DIANA


On her 24th birthday, Diavola (as she was then called) met Frans van den Berg, another Hague artist with whom she quickly formed a liason. At various times, this as-yet unknown artist called her playfully Angel, Anushka, and Diana.

      When the two began exhibiting their works, Angèle Blomjous was announced simply as Diana, while her husband became known as Johfra.


 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

THE
IN THEIR STUDIO

      They were partners in crime. Sharing a studio together in the Willemstraat in The Hague, they often painted side by side and exhibited together as Johfra and Diana. Summers, they travelled together to Paris and Rome, studying the old masters and admiring the alpine landscapes so remarkably different from their flat homeland. In 1959, they visited Salvador Dali in his home in Cadaques.
      Throughout her life, Diana’s strong personality asserted itself - she was charismatic, out-going, engaging, even opportunist and manipulative. She quickly made contacts in the art world and established her and Johfra’s reputations as painters of the surreal, bizarre, and esoteric. This helped Johfra immensely who, by nature, prefered to concentrate on the task of painting itself.


 
 
 


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