The art of Johfra Bosschart, 1919–1998


The Adoration of Pan triptych (1979).

The hyper-detailed paintings of this Dutch artist, who often seems to be referred to by his forename alone, were self-described as “Surrealism based on studies of psychology, religion, the Bible, astrology, antiquity, magic, witchcraft, mythology and occultism”. All bases are covered, in other words, and the work is certainly furious and intense at its best even if it’s not always to my taste. Some of Johfra’s Monsters from the Id are closer to Basil Wolverton than HR Giger which makes for unintentional comedy. As usual with detailed artwork, it’s a shame the reproductions on offer aren’t a larger size.


Moldoror series: The Hermaphrodite (1976).

The pictures here are from one of the online numbers of Visionary Review which a biography and several galleries of work from different periods of Johfra’s career. Thanks to Thom for the reminder about this artist.

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3 thoughts on “The art of Johfra Bosschart, 1919–1998”

  1. Wow, haven’t seen him awhile. This takes me back to the house of my parents, who had poster-sized reproductions of his Zodiac series hanging on the walls. Yes, his surname was always dropped. I did not even know it was Bosschart. Thanks!

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