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DiGesu, Janet De La Roche Ament 1916-2000

 
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Monterey County Herald, CA April 22, 2000
Janet De La Roche, a well-known and respected Peninsula painter for nearly a half century, died on April 15th at the age of 85. Born in Hollywood, she attended Otis and Chomard Art Institutes and later the new Jepson Art School where she met her husband, Victor Di Gesu. Waiting to escape the stifling “Sanity in Art” movement prominent in post World War II America, the Di Gesus embarked for Europe in 1952. Studying primarily in Paris, but with sojourns to Rome and Spain, they became followers ofEarl Kercam who is reputed to have influenced Pollock and Kline. In France, de la Roche exhibited at the “Americans in Paris” show, the Grand Palais in the Salon d”Automne, and other locales. Returning to Pacific Grove in 1956 and DiGesus quickly became an inimical presence in the art community, as notable for their non-conformist values as their distinctive painting style. A bohemian in the truest sense, de la Roche was a featured artist in the documentary film “Longtimers” and also a book by photographer John McCleary. After her husband’s death in 1988, Janet continued to paint, teach, and delight her many friends and students with her beloved Bohemian dance. A Memorial celebrating her life will be announced at a later date.

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DIGESU JANET DELAROCHE 1916 12 31 CLOUSE AMENT FEMALE CA MONTEREY 2000 04 15 565225819 83
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