67. Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès

Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès
Ni Pollok
Signed lower right
Mixed media on paper, 28.9 x 36.6 cm
Acquired directly from the artist by family of the present owner in 1948
In original Balinese frame, hand-carved by the brother of the depicted (the brother-in-law of Le Mayeur), according to the father of the present owner.

When Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès moved to Bali in 1932, he was deeply inspired by the island's culture and beauty. There, he met Ni Pollok, a 15-year-old Legong dancer who became his muse and wife. Le Mayeur's works often depicted Ni Pollok, capturing her grace and sensuality. His drawings and sketches frequently showcased her daily life and dancing, reflecting the rich cultural tapestry of Bali. Ni Pollok's presence in his art was central, embodying the island's spirit and profoundly influencing Le Mayeur's creative expression. Their home in Sanur, filled with his artworks, later became a museum for his work and a testament to their partnership.

€ 5.000 - 10.000
Hammer amount