Invited by his close friend Prince Sanidh Rangsit, Theo Meier moved to Thailand in 1957. However, the artist returned to his much beloved Bali annually and the island, which he has lived in since 1936, has remained a great source of inspiration.
Usually he visited Bali during the dry season and loved to stay in the house of Jimmy Pandy in Sanur. It was a time which the now famous and tourists-infested beach of Sanur (Batu Jimbar) was very quiet and the only famous hotel there during those days was the Tanjung Sari where many famous international socialites would choose to stay.
During the 70s the famous Paul Getty became a friend of Theo and bought several paintings of the artist for his private museum. He was very attracted by all these Sanur beach-inspired works of which Theo would fill the canvas with the luring colours of the sunsets thereby immortalising the typical golden-orange sky of the Sanur beach. What was most captivating to the artist and earnestly depicted was the elusive yet magical moment of a tropical skyscape just before the fall of night which in those days were prolonged as electricity was not used in Bali.
This painting Sunset in Sanur was painted in front of the house of Pandy and it took the artist a few years to finish it (1971 till 1973). Theo was keen to depict the real atmosphere of the place at that particular time of the day. Pleased with the finished work, the painting was brought to his studio in Thailand, which served as a nostalgic memento for the artist and it remained in the studio till the passing of the artist.