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Rare Etchings of Balinese Woman by the Famous Willem G. Hofker

Arts | 25 June 2021

All etchings are signed by Hofker himself under the print, very suitable for framing. As the etchings in this newsletter contain nudity only parts of the original etchings are shown.


After his education at the Hague Art Academy and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, Willem Gerard Hofker married Maria Rueter in 1930. In addition to being a painter and draftsman, W.G. Hofker was a gifted graphic artist and a master of all media: oil, watercolour, conté-crayon, but also etchings, mezzotints and lithographs.


In Amsterdam, he carried out several decorative assignments during the 1920s, amongst them for the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (KNSM) for whom he made a few mural paintings of ships. His reputation as a portrait painter was such that he received the assignment in 1936 to paint a portrait of Queen Wilhemina for the head office of the Koninklijke Pakketvaart Maatschappi (KPM), the Royal Packet Navigation Company in Batavia.



In 1938 the couple accompanied the painting to the Dutch East Indies and concluded with a trip through the archipelago, ending up in Bali. During this trip, they made drawings and paintings of Indonesian subjects that could be reproduced and used by the KPM. The Hofkers socialized with many painters, including Spies, Strasser, Meyer and their good friend Rudolf Bonnet. In 1940 the couple moved to Ubud and today, many of his paintings are exhibited in the ARMA and the Neka Museum in Ubud.


in 1938 Hofker and his wife came by invitation to the Dutch East Indies where they settled in Bali after visiting various places on Java. During the Second World War, Hofker and his wife were interned by the Japanese. After his repatriation in 1946, Hofker settled in Amsterdam. His Indonesian period was particularly fruitful. In addition to a relatively small number of oil paintings, he produced a large number of pastel drawings. With great refinement, he produced a romantic picture of Balinese life. Beautiful Balinese girls and men on their way to the temple or in their daily activities are often the subjects of his work. Hofker painted a large range of topics, from canal views to flower still lifes, from nudes to atmospheric landscapes with hidden country houses. 


We offer these decorative prints also as a high-quality reprints, as the original image with nudity, or as the ones shown in this newsletter. Contact us for pricing, custom printing, and framing options. We offer these decorative prints for only 399,000 IDR. each!  (28 USD).


Our primary profession is dealing with authentic, antique maps and prints. But for years, people have marvelled over our original material, asking if we could make them at a fraction of the cost of the originals. Eventually, we gave in and "Old East Indies - Indonesian Heritage Art Collection" was born.