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Alfons Walde,

1891 Oberndorf - 1958 Kitzbühel

"Einsamer Berghof"
oil on board
42 x 66,8 cm
signed lower right: "Alfons Walde"

Literature: Walde-Archiv no.: D-LA-479

Provenance: Auktionshaus Hassfurther, Vienna (1997); private collection, styria



Biography

Alfons Walde discovered his interest in artistic design at a very early age while still at school in Innsbruck. In 1910 he moved to Vienna and started studying architecture at the Vienna University of Technology. He was in touch with artists of the Vienna Secession and was friends with Egon Schiele. Both the composition and the themes of his early paintings were marked by the Viennese Avant-garde movement. In 1911 he held his first exhibition in his native Tyrol and in 1913 exhibited for the first time in the building of the Vienna Secession. After the war he returned to Kitzbühel but remained in contact with Vienna through regular exhibitions and art competitions. As a painter he became hugely successful and founded his own printing company to mass-produce prints of his paintings. This lead to a number of forgery cases in the 1930’s. While he was originally influenced by Viennese decorative art, in time he developed his own unique style. His main focus, however, remained on people and their houses in high mountain regions. While he used to pay attention to detail in his earlier works, his emphasis would later shift to a large-scale monumentality. The sense of space, calm and simplicity in his paintings earned him a place among the so-called magic realists. His fashionable works show Walde in a completely different light. After 1945 he worked on various architectural projects and continued to paint small-scale winter landscapes and winter sports motifs. In 1956 he was honoured with a professorship.