WILLEM GERARD HOFKER, ETCHING, 'POERA BATOE KAROE, OEBOED, BALI'.
Signed at the bottom left ‘W.G. Hofker' and at the bottom right 'Poera Batoe Karoe, Oeboed, Bali', etching, 49 x 31.1 centimetres. Signed lower left in the plate ‘W.G. Hofker 1943 - 1949'.
Original print of this etching was made in February 1949. See: Seline Hofker, Gianni Orsini, Willem Gerard Hofker [1902-1981], Publisher De Kunst / Waanders Publishers (Zwolle 2013), p. 216.
Condition: good; the sheet shows normal signs of ageing and a number of age-related spots; images are part of the condition description.
Dimensions sheet: length 55.4 x width 35 cm
In 1936 Hofker (1902-1981) was commissioned to paint a portrait of Queen Wilhelmina, intended for the headquarters of the ‘Koninklijke Pakketvaart Maatschappij’ (KPM) in Batavia. In 1938 he and his wife - the artist Maria Rueter - accompanied the painting to the Dutch East Indies and then made a journey through the colony. It marks the starting point of what is referred to as the 'Indian period' in Hofker's work.
In 1940 the couple settled in Ubud, Bali where they socialised with many painters including Spies, Strasser, Meier and their dear friend Bonnet. In the period between 1938 to 1944 most of his Indian work was made. After their prisoner of war captivity and internment during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, the couple returned to the Netherlands in 1946.
- Willem Gerard Hofker (1902-1981)
- Bali, Indonézia
- Papír, tinta
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 0.1×31.1×49 cm