Simon Koene is a painter, printmaker (etcher) and publicist. He belongs to the most important Dutch graphists of the twentieth century. He followed his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. In his second year of study he made his first etchings. Initially Koene was inspired by daily life and major world events. His work has a mainly literary character and remained experimental throughout his career. His most important works are: Dear Plato (1970), Groot Hollands Landschap (1979) and Die Goldene Zeit (1988). From 1971, Simon Koene was the driving force behind the projects of The Hague Etsclub and from 1973 member of Pulchri Studio in The Hague.