Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres was a Belgian artist from Brussels. He lived the latter part of his life in Bali. In 1932, he arrived in Bali by boat at Singa raja and stayed in Denpasar Le Mayeur. He was captivated by Balinese culture, the traditional life style, the religious rituals and local dances. He was also overwhelmed by the light, the sounds, the sights and the colours and the sheer wonder of the atmosphere in this untouched island. He rented a house in banjar Kelandis, Denpasar. During that time he met Ni Nyoman Pollok, a 15-year-old legong dancer. She was better known as Ni Pollock. She became the model for his paintings.
A number of his Bali works in which he featured Ni Pollok were showcased in Singapore in 1933 for the very first time. And that was a great succes which added to his reputation as a great artist. Thus, when he came back from Singapore, he bought land at Sanur beach where he constructed a house. His studio was also located here and his models including Ni Pollok worked at the same place.
After having worked together for three years in 1935, Le Mayeur and Ni Pollok got married. Le Mayeur continued painting with Ni Pollok. During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during the World War II, Japanese authorities put Le Mayeur under house arrest. Despite that, he continued painting. Years later, it was suggested that the house and all its contents be preserved as a museum. The painter agreed and even included more paintings to the collection and the house. It is a must visit during your visit to this island.
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