VISIONARY REVUE

SWEET SEVENTEEN
1946


      The other dominant theme to be announced in the early Hague years was the erotic female nude. Even before he met Diana, Johfra was producing drawings of women that betrayed (despite their classical poses and delicate rendering) a more definite eroticism. Such is the case with Sweet Seventeen (1946), produced shortly before he met Diana (in fact, the drawing is dated 24.03.1946 - one week before their first encounter).

 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

BACCHANTE
1951

      Throughout the Hague years, Johfra executed the occasional canvas with more Baroque and Mannerist themes. Some were Alpine landscapes, others were views of Roman ruins. But a classical nude such as Bacchante (1951) shows that, after five years, the eroticism in his works was mounting. If we view such a canvas as a mirror onto his mindstuff - giving shape to the substance of his imagination - then his dreams and visions had now become clearly focused onto atleast one unified shape - the erotic female nude.



 
 
 


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