The Arbeitsgruppe Alfons Walde (Gert Ammann, Peter Konzert, Carl Kraus, Michael Walde-Berger) has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in the forthcoming Alfons Walde catalogue raisonné.
We are grateful to Dr Carl Kraus for contributing the essay for the following work.
The Bauernsonntag is, like the Auracher Kirchl, among Alfons Walde’s most popular subjects and was executed once again in a series (see G. Ammann, Alfons Walde 1891-1958, Innsbruck-Vienna, 2012, ill. p. 284). It represents the encounter of two villagers in front of the spectacular Kitzbühel winter landscape: Being Sunday and they can abandon themselves to unburdened conversation. Both type cast figures are floating distinctively above of the shimmering white of the snow. Two shadows are thrown as blue as their aprons and the sky above them. Their faces express a deep communion with nature and their homeland.
Berta Walde, the sister of the artist indicates quite rightly, in a handwritten note on the back of the work, that the present painting is a ‘virtuoso version’. Walde turns out to be the ‘unequaled Painter of the snow’, who crafts a vibrant light space out of thick, bold application of colour and a captivating dance played between light and shadows.