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Johfra Bosschart

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Johfra Bosschart's Aries, page 112 Johfra Bosschart's Cancer, page 96 photograph Johfra Bosschart 1998 Johfra Bosschart's Libra, page 120 Johfra Bosschart's Capricorn, page 168
pg. 138: Aries pg. 96: Cancer pg. 120: Libra pg. 168: Capricorn
Johfra Bosschart's Taurus, page 121 Johfra Bosschart's Leo, page 86 Johfra Bosschart's Scorpio, page 203 Johfra Bosschart's Aquarius, page 182
pg. 121: Taurus pg. 86: Leo pg. 203: Scorpio pg. 182:Aquarius
Johfra Bosschart's Gemini, page 110 Johfra Bosschart's Virgo, page 111 Johfra Bosschart's Sagittarius, page158 Johfra Bosschart's Pisces, page 192
pg. 110: Gemini pg. 111: Virgo Johfra Bosschart,1998 pg. 158: Sagittarius pg. 192: Pisces

Fleurac, France ©Jesse Haye

 

 

Johfra Bosschart was born in Rotterdam, Holland on December 15, 1919, and died in Fleurac, France on November 6, 1998 at the age of 78. He signed his works "Johfra," an acrostic of his full name Franciscus Johannes Gijsbertus Van Den Berg. He sometimes added his mother's maiden name, "Bosschart," to his paintings as well. The founder of the now defunct "Meta-Realist" group, he described his own works as "Surrealism based on studies of psychology, religion, the Bible, astrology, antiquity, magic, witchcraft, mythology and occultism." An autobiography of Johfra Bosschart, Symphony Fantastique, ISBN: 90 804422016 (de Verbeelding/Woerden) has been available since 1998.

In 1973 Johfra was commissioned to do the above twelve Zodiac pictures by Engel Verkerke. And at the same time Walter Kamp also commissioned seven paintings from him that have come to be known as known as The Maldoror Series. By April, 1974, working in his new studio in the tower of Moulin du Peuch, Johfra had completed the three signs Cancer, Leo and Virgo. A few months later Scorpio and Libra were finished, and towards the end of the year Sagittarius and Capricorn as well. The next year he completed the series with Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Gemini, and Taurus.

Having studied for years at a modern Mystery School, the Lectorium Rosicrucianum, Johfra applied his understanding of ancient traditions to this now world-famous series of paintings so that they became more than mere zodiacal symbolism. Incorporating images, ideas and symbols from the Tarot, the Kabbalah, alchemy, gnosticism, Hermeticism (of Hermes) and Rosicrucianism, the paintings can be experienced as meditations and doorways to spiritual growth.

On both sides of Johfra's photograph above are thumbnails of his 12, full-page astrological paintings that come with You and the Universe, a personalized, fine art book on astrology, mythology and astronomy through which is woven each recipient's entire astrological reading. The twelve actual images in your own book are far clearer and larger (8" x 10.5") than even the enlargements obtained by clicking the thumbnails above.

 

Johfra Bosschart in Vezere, France

Johfra Bosschart in Vezere France, June 1990


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