Photo: Red doors at Museum Le Mayeur.

Museum Le Mayeur

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Museum Le Mayeur is the former home and studio of Belgian impressionist artist and Bali’s first expat resident, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres (1880-1958), now a somewhat crumbling museum dedicated to his works.

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Le Mayeur was in his early fifties when he first settled in Bali in 1932 and it’s evident he was captivated by the light, colour and beauty of both Bali’s landscape and female inhabitants. His model and muse, famed Legong dancer the then 15-year-old Ni Wayan Polok Tjoeglik (1917-1985), became his spouse three years after his arrival, and remained his primary model throughout their married life with many of the works painted within the grounds of his beachside house at Sanur.

Oh dear. Photo taken in or around Museum Le Mayeur, Sanur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Oh dear. Photo: Sally Arnold

Following the end of World War II (during which Le Mayeur was interned by the occupying Japanese) he continued to paint prolifically, often selling works to foreign tourists as his fame continued to grow. In the 1950s the Indonesian Ministry for Education and Culture took an interest in his activities, and a couple of years later the house and its contents were passed over to the government to be maintained as ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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