Willem Gerard Hofker

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Willem Gerard Hofker was born on 1902 in Amsterdam, and passed away on 1981. Previous education was from the Academy of Fine Arts In The Hague and at the Rijksacademie (National Academy) in Amsterdam. Aside learning from school, he was once a student from Willem Witsen (1860-1923) and Isaac Israel. (1865-1934).

Hofker first visited Bali in 1938 and his painting was quickly influenced by the Bali’s temple and women. He was captured during Japanese Invasion in Indonesia in 1942 but later released in 1944 where he then returned to Holland. Despite geographical differences, Hofker still continue in depicting Bali’s beauty for the rest of his life.

Hofker-Reuter. His works were undoubted. His color, texture surface, and contrastive control showed his maturity of painting study. His drawing was elegant and poetic. His works were inspired by the lifestyle of Balinese people which often depict them in festive ceremonial dress. He died in 1981

His light brushes enriched the texture with sensitive use of light shadow. With elegant master technique this romantic and poetic artist works became well known and famous.

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