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 a museum.

One year following the transfer, suffering from cancer, Le Mayeur returned to Belgium for medical treatment, and on May 31, 1958, he died. Ni Pollock returned to Bali and continued to live in the house till her death in 1985.

The gardens are in better shape though. Photo taken in or around Museum Le Mayeur, Sanur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The gardens are in better shape though. Photo: Sally Arnold

Designed and built by Le Mayeur, the Balinese-style house surrounded by a compact yet ornate tropical garden occupies a traditional walled compound along the beachwalk on the northern shores of Sanur Beach, no longer in the middle of paddy fields as it ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Museum Le Mayeur
Beachside, just south of Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur
Sa-Th: 08:-15:30 Fr: 08:30-12:30 Closed official holidays
Admission: Foreign adults: 20,000 rupiah, kids: 10,000 rupiah. Indonesians: 10,000 rupiah, kids: 5,000 rupiah.

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