LE MAYEUR Jean
THE SUNNY TABLE
Oil on canvas: 101 x 121 cm / 39.8 x 47.6 ins
Signed lower right
Luminist and realist painter of landscapes, still lifes, figures and exotic outdoor scenes with figures and nudes.
Jean Le Mayeur was the son of the seascape painter Adrien Le Mayeur de Merprès and a pupil of Ernest Blanc-Garin. He exhibited with La Libre Esthétique (1906 and 1914). During WWI, from 1916 onwards, he was a war volunteer. In that same year he was enlisted in the Artistic Section. He exhibited in Switzerland in 1917 at the ‘Exposition des peintres du front belge’.
Le Mayeur lived an adventurous life, travelled a lot and settled in Bali in 1932, where he married his favorite model, the dancer and choreographer Nji Polok. He there painted compositions with figures, Balinese women and nudes, outdoor paintings and landscapes. He expressed himself in a luminist realism characterized by thick layers of paint generously applied with a spatula and vivid colors.
Ixelles 1880 - Brussels 1958
P. Piron, " Dictionnaire des artistes plasticiens de Belgique des XIXe et XXe siècles", Ohain 2011, Vol. 2, p. 58.