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Alfons Walde (8 February 1891 - 11 December 1958), an Austrian from Kitzbühel in Tyrol, was the first artist to successfully bring skiing as a subject into painting. These sporting scenes together with his winter landscapes and farming images, rendered in a unique tempera style with impastose colouring, complemented his other artistic gifts as both an architect and graphic artist. Many of his paintings can be seen in the Museum gallery in Kitzbühel.

Alfons Walde produced his first watercolour and tempera paintings during his schooldays. From 1910 to 1914 Walde studied architecture at the Technische Hochshule in Vienna. At the same time he continued his education as a painter, In the Danubian metropolis he moved in artistic circles that included Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, and he became influenced by Ferdinand Hodler.
By around 1928 Walde had finally found his own characteristic style, one that gave expression to both the Tyrolean mountain scenery - particularly the living winter landscapes - and its robust people through the use of highly reduced drawings and pastel colouring.
The impressionistic, momentary feelings conjured up by Walde's paintings gave them a unique and characteristic place in international art history. This was reflected in the many exhibitions of his work, his entries to painting and architecture competitions, and the awards he received.

Date:  1935
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Austria, Vienna
Medium: Oil tempera on cardboard, original frame
Signature: Signed lower right
Certificate by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gert Ammann

Dimensions: 56.9 x 45.97 cm (22²/₅ x 18¹/₁₀ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints