Alfred C. Ybarra (1905 – 2001) Pencil Sketch of a Spanish Town P694

With an amazing hand and eye, Ybarra sketched a quaint town in Spain: Valldemosa, Mallorca Spain in 1933. Sketch measures 9 1/2″ x 6″.

The landmark that everyone comes to see is the 13th century monastry which has links to the Polish composer Frederic Chopin. Known as the ‘Real Cartuja de Valldemossa’ this is an old Carthusian monastery, originally founded as a royal residence until changed to a monastery in 1399. Writers, artists and composers found inspiration in Valldemossa including composer Chopin, who lived in Valldemossa during the winter of 1838-39. It was at the Real Cartuja that Chopin spent the winter with French writer Aurore Dupin, who was better known as her alias George Sand.

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