Although it is recorded that the artist has tried to shun away from the throng of visitors coming to him: "I've had a cottage built on the seashore, far away from the other people, especially the Europeans. As it is in the middle of a paddy it can only be approached by way of the beach...." (Drs Jop Ubbens and Cathinka Huizing, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès: Painter-Traveller, Wijk en Aalburg, 1995, p. 109).
Nevertheless, the artistic talent of the artist along with his elegant wife, Ni Pollok remained a huge attraction to the foreign visitors. Many of whom had come to admire and bought the works of Le Mayeur and clearly enjoyed the collective experience - the house, the model, the artist and the purchase. In the words of the Novelist Nevil Shute "We went once or twice to a place the other side of the strip called Sanoer, where a Belgian artist was married to a very fine Balinese woman. I think that was the most beautiful house I have ever been in, the walls covered with paintings of the Balinese and their way of life, and full of Balinese young men and women so that it was difficult to say from memory which of the scenes remembered from the house were real ones and which are painted." (Drs. Jop Ubbens and Cathinka Huizing, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès: Painter-Traveller, Wijk en Aalburg, 1995, p. 169).
The original owners of the painting had developed a friendship with the artist as evidenced with the family's keeping of the photographs and postcards from the artist. Hence, the present lot serves not just as an artistic expression but a testimony to a friendship between the artist and his admirers.