VISIONARY REVUE

      Meanwhile, a Dutch museum of Fantastic Realism, showcasing Johfra’s works, is presently in the works.
      As a result of these events, the Esoteric painter Johfra has emerged as a complex and multi-facetted personality with touches of genius. Surrealism, Classicism, and Mannerism mingle throughout his oeuvre. Humour abounds, but so too do minute studies of Nature worthy of his acknowledged master, Da Vinci. His knowledge of Alchemy, Cabbala and the Tarot remains profound, but the Journals now reveal a fascination with optics, atmosphere, anatomy and patterns of growth. Above all these influences stand those figures and forms invented by the artist himself and unique to the world.


JOHFRA'S LEGACY: A GLIMPSE


      Not long ago, I had the good fortune to visit Moulin du Peuch, the converted mill in the hills of Dordogne where Johfra and his wife Ellen Lorien made their home for the last twenty-five years. His wife, an artist in her own right, continues to paint there while preserving Johfra’s legacy. Also present that weekend were the poet Gerrit Luidinga and his wife Emmy. Luidinga was a close friend of Johfra’s and is now his literary executor.
      These three have done much to bring Johfra’s work to the attention of the public in his native Holland. But the artist’s work deserves broader recognition. My own small contribution, through the Visionary Revue, is to present Johfra’s work on the net and in English - hopefully informing a larger audience. Of course, this electronic medium does not do justice to the depth and complexity of his output. But, by presenting an overview of his life and a summary of his works, more people may at least have a glimpse into this neglected Visionary’s astounding creations.



 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

MOULIN DU PEUCH
MOULIN DU PEUCH

      The article, JOHFRA: THE LIFE delves into the eventful life of this artist who left his native Holland just when that country had begun to recognize his works. He lived for the remainder of his life in the mountainous regions of France - experiencing a kind of self-imposed exile. Johfra also shared his life with two extremely talented women. First, in Holland, with Diana Vandenberg, and then later, with Ellen Lorien in France. The lives and works of these two visionary artists also deserve better recognition, and so are presented in the two final articles.
      Six special GALLERIES present the works of Ellen Lorien, Diana Vandenberg, and Johfra from four periods of his opus.
      In the article JOHFRA: THE WORKS we begin to piece apart and admire the many stages of Johfra’s development. The earliest stage, unfortunately, was entirely destroyed when a bomb struck his home in the Hague in 1945. Though 400 paintings were lost, the artist started afresh. Inspired by the twisted metal and molten steel of the ruins, he began painting ‘drummels’ - those organic, amorphous forms that populate many of his Surrealist works after the war. But, nine years at the Lectorium Rosicrucianum also inspired an entire series of Hermetic works, characterized by the Zodiac paintings.



 
 
 


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