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Alfons Walde (1891-1958)
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Alfons Walde (1891-1958)

Winteridylle

Details
Alfons Walde (1891-1958)
Winteridylle
signed 'A. Walde' (lower right)
oil on board
16 x 19 3/4 in. (41 x 50.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1930
Provenance
Dr Kurt Arnhold, Dresden.
Gerard Arnhold, Dresden, by descent from the above, and thence by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

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 Werkverzeichnis.


Winteridylle captures the picturesque scenery of the remote Kitzbühel Mountains, depicting the traditional wooden chalets perched upon a rocky outcrop, whilst figures in their traditional Tyrolean costumes, grant a sense of scale. Using a myriad of nuanced shades of white Walde succeeds in capturing the brilliance of the mountain light, which radiates off the snowy slope, while the contrasting blue shadows, mirror the deep blue expanse of sky above, creating a perfectly balanced and harmonious composition. The contrast between large dark shadows and sun-lit areas is so strong that the painting is remarkably abstract, a quality also noticeable in the depiction of the mountain in the background. Deploying a tempered palette of subtle tones, rendered in a unique tempera style with heavy impasto, Walde creates a wonderfully worked surface, dispensing of any unnecessary detail to create a stylised and reduced style.

Born in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, Alfons Walde began his career at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna, where he studied architecture from 1910 to 1914, whilst simultaneously perfecting his skills as a painter. Here he came into contact with Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Ferdinand Hodler, whose work was of great influence to the burgeoning artist. In 1911 Walde had his first exhibition at Innsbruck and in 1913 submitted four works to the celebrated Vienna Secession exhibition. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Walde’s artistic ambitions were put on hold as he joined the Tyrolean Kaiserschütze, heading to the high mountains of Austria. Following the end of the war Walde returned to Kitzbühel and fully devoted himself to painting. During the 1920s Walde participated in a number of exhibitions of the Secession and the Wiener Künstlerhaus. In 1924 he received first and second prize at the competition "Winterbilder" and a year later took part at the Biennale Romana in Rome. Around 1928 he finally found his own characteristic style that gave expression to the Tyrolean mountain scenery - particularly the living winter landscapes - and its robust people through the use of highly reduced inland drawings and a pastose colouring.


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