Museum Le Mayeur in Sanur

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The charming coastal village of Sanur is one of Bali’s oldest destinations that has fully embraced tourism but still manages to retain its traditional roots. It has several historical sites of interest including Le Mayeur Museum, which is not far from the iconic Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel. The museum houses a collection of works by Belgium painter, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur, who came to Bali in 1932 and made the island his home. Drawn to the tranquil seaside environment of Sanur, he established his art studio by the beach. Le Mayeur later married a Balinese girl who was a famous Legong dancer and muse for many of his paintings.

During World War II, art supplies were scarce and Le Mayeur resorted to painting on rice sack cloth. He was also put under house arrest by authorities during the Japanese occupation; however, this did not diminish his creative spirit. In 1957 Le Mayeur was granted permission from the Indonesian government to transform his home into a museum. Although he died just one year later, his wife preserved his artistic legacy. This venue is still open today for visitors and it exhibits 80 of Le Mayeur’s works together with a number of Balinese artefacts. 

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