Born in Brussels, a member of the Belgian royal family, Adrien-Jean le Mayeur de Merpres arrived in Bali via Tahiti and French Polynesia in 1932.
He was influenced by the work of Gauguin and inspired to travel to Tahiti as he had. Finding Tahiti lacking, le Mayeur de Merpres eventually landed in Klandis, near Denpasar in Bali, where he would stay for the remainder of his life. He married noted Balinese dancer Ni Pollok, who became his favorite model.
He also enjoyed painting the daily lives of Balinese men and women. His eccentric lifestyle lured tourists traveling in Bali throughout the 1930s. He donated his house along with many of his works to the Indonesian government for a museum. It is now the Le Mayeur Museum.
le mayeur - girls playing by the water lilies pond
le mayeur - two women by the beach
balinese women and umbrella
le mayeur romance with bali almost the same with gauguin love with tahiti, pacific islander became the exotic object of these 2 european painters.