Adrien-Jean LE MAYEUR


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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès

Price of a painting on auction: 1,000 – 1,000 000 €

Estimation of a drawing or watercolour by the artist: 800 – 30,000€.

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Le Mayeur de Merprès – painting as a legacy

Le Mayeur De Merprès was a Belgian painter born at the end of the 19th century. He grew up in a noble family of royal descent.

His father Jean le Mayeur, a painter of his time, influenced the artistic beginnings of the young boy who took an early interest in painting.

Spurred on the advice of his father to pursue higher education, Le Mayeur was, however, not free to devote himself fully to his initial artistic vocation until after graduating from university with an engineering degree in architecture.

His lifelong admiration for his father’s artistic work, which specialised in marine painting, barely affected his own creations. Le Mayeur was very attached to rendering the effects of light, on the model of the painters of Belgian luminism, and he very quickly oriented his pictorial deployments according to the impressionist tradition.

Bali – an artistic paradise 

The perpetual quest for new ways of looking at light compelled Le Mayeur to initiate numerous journeys after the First World War – where he had undertaken an assignment as a war painter. His travels took him first to the south of France, then to Morocco and Turkey, going so far as to explore India.

His production of canvases is staggered according to his discoveries. The artist took the time to return to Belgium to sell his works at each interval of his journey.

Curious about the journeys led by protean artist Paul Gauguin, Le Mayeur took a trip to Tahiti. He was hardly impressed by the landscapes he saw there and returned from this brief stay full of disappointment.

The highlight of his life came in 1932 when he decided to go by boat to Bali for a few months through a Dutch travel company. There he found inspiration: Le Mayeur gorged on the surrounding visual richness. His temporary project became a life plan. That same year he met Ni Pollock, who after having been his model, became his wife two years later.

An emblematic figure of the Indo-European scene

Le Mayeur held one of his first exhibitions in year after his Balinese trip. He produced several paintings during his first year there, and at this event he managed to sell all of his canvas creations.

He was exhibited at several exhibitions in Singapore and then Kuala Lumpur between 1935 and 1941. His artistic practice had a strong resonance and Singaporean artists in particular were influenced by the luminist expression, the perfect restitution and mastery of exoticism undertaken by the painter.

Upon his death in 1958, the painter’s seaside house  in Bali became the site of a museum dedicated to his artistic memory in accordance with his wishes.

Recognising Jean Le Mayeur’s signature

Like many artists, Jean Le Mayeur did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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