‘Balische zusjes op ’t tempelfeest‘ (‘Balinese sisters at the temple feast‘),
signed and dated ‘Bali Dec. 1940’ lower left, oil on canvas.
H. 100 cm. W. 75 cm.
The woman on the left is Ni Noneh, a well-known model. The name of her sister is still unknown at the moment. As far as we know, this is the largest size for a painting that Hofker made on Bali. Only two other paintings by Hofker have this size: ‘The Weaving Lesson’, March 1939 and ‘Ni Gusti Compiang Mawar in ceremonial dress’ 1940-1941, Sukarno Collection.
Seline Hofker wrote an extensive essay about this painting, which you can find via this link:
A MYSTERIOUS MASTERPIECE
More information about our auctions with Indonesian paintings:
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