A highly detailed etching in brown ink, featuring canal-side classic old architecture of Amsterdam, 12 1/2" by 9 3/4" plus narrow wood frame, pencil signed at lower left margin by the very important Dutch-born 20th century artist WILLEM GERARD HOFKER (1902-1981). At right in pencil is "epreuve d'artiste" and "no. 24" in ink. Hofker was born in The Hague and received early art instruction from his father's friend, the famous artist Isaac Israel. By 1927 he had won the Prix de Rome, and by the mid 1930's he was in demand as a portraitist. It is for the period from the late 1930's through the early 1940's that Hofker is most known today. His oils of exotic scenes and people of Bali Indonesia have brought to a million dollars at auction, and commonly in the many hundreds of thousands. While in Bali he became a friend of important Dutch expatriate artists living there during the war years, including such figures as Walter Spies, Roland Strasser, Theo Meier and Rudolf Bonnet (the latter an especially close friend). He returned to the Netherlands after the war. This print would date to either the period 1934 to 1938, or 1946 through about 1960. Condition is excellent.
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