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Winter Sports

In addition to Walde’s convincing interpretations of landscapes, he is also well known for his artistic contribution in the area of winter sports. His work during the early 1920s focused heavily on this subject. Walde was an important contributor to the rapid development of organized winter sports in his native Tyrol, which was an ever present factor from at least the mid-1920s onward. The artist himself encountered such sports from his earliest years, so it is not surprising that we find this subject in his paintings. His pre-WWI work includes oil paintings dating from 1912, in which Walde depicts lively winter scenes that function as veritable snapshots of various wintry moments. These small, oil on cardboard paintings include Der Schikurs (The Skiing Class), Der Zieleinlauf (The Finish Line) and Das Gasslrennen (The Street Race). Despite being early works, they were to remain virtually unsurpassed in terms of originality. The sports motifs that Walde painted after WWI carry the “emotional heaviness” that is so characteristic of his work in general during this period. Not until the mid 1920s, most likely in reaction to the buzz and excitement of the rapidly emerging local winter sports scene, did he return to his roots, once again finding the rhythmic style and vibrant colors that are so evident in his earlier work. Having “rediscovered” the brilliance of color, Walde soon created several excellent examples of what may be most accurately described as unique “painted situations,” the works Grubschanze, 1925, and Mondäne Wintergäste (Fashionable Winter Guests).


Walde-Aufstieg_quer_D-LA-270_final_WZ Ascent “Aufstieg der Schifahrer”, about 1927
Oil on Cardboard 
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
8044-06_1080_WZ Ascent “Aufstieg”, 1930
Tempera on Cardboard,
37.01 x 25.98 in
(94 x 66 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Walde-Aufstieg_quer_WZ Ascent “Aufstieg”, 1930
Oil on Cardboard (Postkarte), 18,50 x 20,47 in (47 x 52 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Gipfelrast am Pengelstein-S95_00007_1080_WZ (Top of the) Peak “Gipfelrast am Pengelstein”, 1928
Oil on Canvas, 30,71 x 39,37 in
(78 x 100 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
8044-21_1080_WZ The Turn “Kristiania”, about 1925
Tempera on Cardboard,
10,43 x 8,94 in (26,5 x 22,7 cm)
privately owned
D-GW-261-Der Schwung mailb. Aquarell-Tempera_HR_ZM2S1527 The Turn “Der Schwung”, about 1924
Aquarell / Tempera on paper,
10´43 x 14´17 (26,5 x 36 cm)
Privatbesitz
11952-02N Training Slope “Übungshang”, about 1925
Tempera on Cardboard,
22,76 x 17,13 in (57,8 x 43,5 cm)
privately owned
8044-28 Neu_1080_WZ Woman putting on her skies “Dame beim Schianschnallen”, about 1927
Oil on Cardboard,
diameter 10.24 in (26 cm)
ehem. Kunsthandlung Kovacek, Wien
D-GW-325 Inv1238 Winterbild (2 Schifa.) Two skiers “Zwei Schifahrerinnen” about 1925
Tempera auf Karton,
13´8 x 13´8 in (34 x 34 cm)
Museum Kitzbühel
Wintergast-S282_00128_1080_WZ Fashionable Winterguest 
“Wintergast” (Hilde Walde),
about 1925/26

Tempera on Cardboard,
13,98 x 8,86 in (35,5 x 22,5 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
D-FI-160 bearb Mount Twothousand  “Zweitausender”
about 1935

Oil/Tempera on Cardboard,
11´3 x 10´04 in (30,3 x 25,5 cm)
privately owned
Wintersonne-S283_00106_1080_WZ Wintersun “Wintersonne”, 1919
Oil on Cardboard, 10,43 x 7,28 in
(26,5 x 18,5 cm)
privately owned
D-GW-66bearb. On the Way to ski “Zum Schilauf”,     about 1923
Tempera,
9´66 x 9´44 in (24,5 x 24 cm)
Privatbesitz
077_1080_WZ Grubschanze in Kitzbühel “Grubschanze bei Kitzbühel”, 1925
Tempera on Cardboard,
22,24 x 17,72 in (56,5 x 45 cm)
privately owned
11952-18 Grubschanze in Kitzbühel “Grubschanze bei Kitzbühel”, 1925
Tempera on Cardboard,
22,24 x 17,72 in (56,5 x 45 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
DONA 02 The swallow “Die Schwalbe”,
about 1924

Oil on Tempera, 70,87 x 39,76 in (180 x 101 cm)
Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher, Wien

 

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