The Le Mayeur Museum is a well-recognized museum devoted to the life and work of famed Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur. This distinguished artist from Brussels spent the latter years of his life in the island of Bali.
Le Mayeur arrived in the then pristine island of Bali in 1932. The artist was enthralled by what he saw of the local culture, including the customary mode of life, temple rites and local festive dances. He was also enchanted by the colours and beauty of the environment in this pristine land, then untouched by the hand of modernity. Eventually Le Mayeur would marry a young local dancer, who would become his principal model.
Today visitors interested in the arts and culture will enjoy visiting the Le Mayeur Museum, which is a tribute to the famed artist and the land that he loved. Here art lovers will be captivated by the numerous images of Ni Pollock, the artist’s Balinese wife. Some of Le Mayeur’s finest works may be seen here, including a wide variety of oil paintings and watercolours. The majority of the paintings feature Ni Pollock and other youthful Balinese females in different resting poses and engaged in traditional arts and crafts like weaving. The artworks clearly demonstrate the love the artist felt for his work, his wife and the entire land of Bali. The many works clearly evoke the magical beauty of Bali and its engrossing culture which is unlike any other in the world.
Apart from the artworks this fascinating museum also contains household objects, displaying such items as an exquisitely engraved teak table, ornately fashioned vases and cupboards. You will also see a number of decorative ceramic objects and plates at this appealing institution. Visitors will be able to explore the artist’s reading room, study and studio as well as his wife’s makeup corner and bathroom.
Visitors to Bali should make it a point to include this museum in their itinerary as it will undoubtedly be an enjoyable and memorable experience.
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Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.