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    Sale 2819

    Impressionist and Modern Art

    10 June 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 197

    Adrien-Jean le Mayeur de Merprès (1880-1958)

    Balinese weavers

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    Adrien-Jean le Mayeur de Merprès (1880-1958)
    Balinese weavers
    signed 'J.le Mayeur' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    76 x 90 cm.
    Painted between 1932-37.

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    By the age of 52, the French-speaking, Belgian-born artist made his second visit to Bali. Le Mayeur was very much a seasoned traveller who had left his foot-prints in the lands of North Africa, India and most European countries. As an impressionist, Le Mayeur is always in pursuit of the sunlight. Bali was to become a rich stimulant for him, and he devoted himself to the task of depicting his immediate surrounding: the Balinese people, the luxuriant flora, the beach and the sea, all bathed in exuberant sunlight.
    Le Mayeur remained truthful and steadfast to the artistic style throughout his career. Impressionists see nature in terms of colour and light, and abandoned the traditional methods of painting using tone and form. Just as Claude Monet (1840-1926) declared "When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have in front of you, a tree, a field. Just think, here is a little square of blue, there is an oblong of pink, here's a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it gives your own naive impression of the scene." (see: Discover the great paintings: Monet, Fabbri Publishing UK Ltd., edit, The Artisan Press Ltd., United Kingdom, p. 6.).
    The luminous grey sky against the vivid coulours of dresses and flowers in their hairs Le Mayeur introduced the tropical morning in this present lot 'Balinese weavers'. Impressed by the love of the Balinese for the artistic, this image shows three women sitting at a weaving-loom, surrounded by a palm and trees. Although the artists didn't use many specifics, but vivid colours and several tones of grey the painting radiates certain calmness.

    Drs. C.Z. Huizing has kindly confirmed the authenticity of the present lot.

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    In the collection of Mrs Dorothy Spicer, wife of Lancelot Dykes Spicer, Chairman of Spicers Ltd (paper business), thence by descent to the present owner.

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