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Museum Le Mayeur

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The Le Mayeur Museum is a memorial Museum that stores the works of famous artist Le Meyer.

The full name of the painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres. He was born in 1880 in Brussels, loved to travel, visited many countries, and in 1932 settled on the island of Bali. Le Mayeur was impressed by the Balinese culture, population, traditions, temples and local dances, nature, and so decided to stay. He rented a house not far from Denpasar.

Soon, the artist became acquainted with Neither Pollock, a dancer dance legong and took her to wife. Dance legong is one of the three traditional Balinese dances, which, moreover, is considered one of the most beautiful dances in the world. The dance lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, and it should be noted that to perform this dance can only young dancers under the age of 15 years. Such age restrictions are related to the fact that the dance moves are very complicated and require grace. In addition, the dancer needs to be very flexible and resilient. Neither Pollock, the artist's wife, became his Muse, her image can be seen on many of his paintings.

In 1933, the artist has exhibited his paintings and drawings, which depicted Nor Pollock, the exhibition in Singapore, and this brought him fame. Back on Bali, the artist bought a plot of land in Sanur and built a house there, where he was to live and be creative. In 1956, the house of artist was visited by the Minister of education and culture of Indonesia and was amazed at the beautiful works of the artist. After viewing all the paintings, the Minister suggested that the artist gave his legacy to the nation and the house to convert into a Museum. Le Mayeur agreed to the idea, and in 1957 was signed the decree about creation of the Museum. Unfortunately, in 1958 the artist died but his wife continued to live there and work until his death in 1985.