In , inspired by the Haarlem art critic Hein Steehouwer poster magnate Engel Verkerke launches the idea of making a poster series of the twelve zodiac signs. Steehouwer advises Johfra to him to make these works. Verkerke closes a for Johfra lucrative contract. The size of the twelve paintings are 90 by 60 centimeters, which corresponds to the size of the poster to be issued.
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Click the thumbnail images below to visit larger images and detailed descriptions of Johfra's paintings. Spring Summer Fall Winter pg. Johfra Bosschart was born in Rotterdam, Holland on December 15, , and died in Fleurac, France on November 6, at the age of 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.
In 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.
A few months later Scorpio and Libra were finished, and towards the end of the year Sagittarius and Capricorn as well. 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 Johfra Bosschart in Vezere France, June Pages 2 and 3 from your astrology reading in your fine art, personalized astrology book: You and the Universe.
All rights reserved. Johfra Bosschart Click the thumbnail images below to visit larger images and detailed descriptions of Johfra's paintings. Book Tour. Sample Readings. About Carl.
He was the founder of the now defunct Meta-Realist group. I especially want to introduce you to his Zodiac Series , that he painted at his French studio during the years However it took me several years to collect all twelve signs in good quality. But finally I can present them to you in their chronological order of completion. I also came upon the precious site symbolreader that provides an in-depth interpretation of the rich symbolism depicted in each painting: Cancer , Leo , Virgo , Scorpio , Libra , Sagittarius , Capricorn , Aquarius , Pisces , Aries , Gemini , Taurus. Every day anew I am fascinated by the human form, my body.
Johfra Bosschart Zodiac Prints
Johfra Bosschart – The Zodiac Series
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