Willem Gerard Hofker (1902-1981). – Two self portraits, pastel, 1946-1947.
Willem Gerard Hofker (The Hague, 2 May 1902 – Amsterdam, 30 April 1981) was a Dutch artist, he was an etcher, graphic artist, painter and draftsman.
Willem Hofker was known for his Balinese landscapes and images of Balinese dancers. He also made many portraits, still lifes, landscapes and pictures of horses. He had been a student at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and in 1922 won the Cohen Gosschalk Prize.
In 1936 he left with his wife, artist Maria Hofker-Rueter, to the Dutch East Indies where he ended up in Bali and where a large part of his work came into being. Because of the Japanese occupation, the couple ended up in a prison camp. After the Japanese defeat they went back to the Netherlands in 1946 and settled in Amsterdam.
Maria Hofker-Rueter (Sloten (North Holland), 4 July 1902 – Amsterdam, 16 December 1999) was a Dutch artist. She aquarelleerde and signed, was a graphic designer and got name with the gardening yearbooks written on her allotment garden.