Step back in time to rustic Mallorca

Can Hans is certainly a gem in our villa portfolio. Can Hans in Pollença old town really is like stepping back in time to rustic Mallorca. If you didn’t know the history of this villa then have a read at this post and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the story of Can Hans, just like we did…

Like most of the houses in rural Mallorca, Ca’n Hans was named after the family who lived there. But this beautiful farmhouse was occupied by someone special: the famous Austrian painter Jean Egger.

Egger was born Hans Egger in 1897 in Hüttenberg before moving to Vienna in 1916. He studied at the Academy of Art in Munich and attended the painting classes of Carl Johann Becker-Gundahl.

During a sojourn in Italy, it became increasingly obvious that the young Egger had considerable talent. He therefore moved to Paris, which was the European capital of art in the 1920s.

In Paris he changed his name from Hans to Jean and maneuvered his way into the French art and cultural scene, leveraging his friendship with Paul Clemenceau, the brother of the French president.

Egger’s first exhibition was at the Société des Artistes Independants in the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon du Franc. Various exhibitions followed and in 1929 he was awarded with the “Silberne Palme” and received the title “Officier d’Academie”.

He spent that summer in St. Martin am Silberg, where he painted a series of landscapes that were featured in an exhibition at New York’s Denks Gallery.

His career continued to soar in Paris until the 1930s, when he developed a lung disease. On the advice of doctors, he moved to Mallorca and into the house that now bears his name.

Egger was a well-known figure in Pollença as many of the artists who lived on the island in the 1930s visited him at Ca’n Hans. Among the visitors was Joan Miro, who is said to have visited his friend in Pollença on several occasions.

Egger made several changes to the farmhouse, including installing an Austrian-style pillar in the entrada and building a loggia on the roof of the house. The loggia fills the entire third floor of the house and the openings in its beautiful colonnaded external wall affording breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

His health and eyesight failing, Egger continued to paint. Unable to find his brushes, some of his last works were painted with his fingers. His work that has fetched the highest prices on auction are from this period.

Egger died on 16 October 1934 in Klagnenfurt of tuberculosis. The home during the last years of his life still carries his name, houses the pallet he worked from and continues to be alluring to those who love his art.   

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The surrounding area is especially spectacular as it is set on the peaceful Cami de Ternelles and leads to the private Ternelles Valley. Ternelles Valley is a private nature reserve and home to native black vultures.

If you are interested in finding more information about Can Hans then follow this link: Can Hans 

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