Ni Wiriah - Balinese Pregnant Girl (1947) by Willem Gerard Hofker

A decorative and rare aquatint etching of a pregnant Balinese girl, by Hofker, signed by Hofker: “W.G. Hofker - Bali ” 

Hofker, a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, carried out a number of monumental decorative assignments during the 1920s, amongst others for the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (KNSM) for whom he made a few mural paintings on 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.

Very rich and strong impression of this rare print in very fine condition, on a sheet of hand-laid paper with broad margins.

Willem G. Hofker
Balinese Girl - Willem Hofker, Ni Wiriah - Balinese Pregnant Girl
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
/ ca.1947
40 by 32 cm.
Black and White
Product Price
Product Number
USD 1,800
SKU #P.2123