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Winter Themes

Undoubtedly, Walde’s most widely recognized work consists of his winter landscapes. Many of them show evidence of the full power of his expressive side, as it emerged in the aftermath of WWI, while they also reveal a component of “heaviness” that underlies the artist’s perception of natural forms. The distinctive manner in which he depicted the wide, smooth hills around Kitzbühel, with the Wilder Kaiser (a mountain in Kitzbühel) juxtaposed in the background, will forever stand as a tour de force in landscape painting.
Walde painted his massive wintery motifs by forming primordial, amorphous and “plasticized” surfaces and structural elements, only to fine-tune them with an uncanny sense of mood and balance. His soft, pastose, almost dry style of painting permitted him to create ever changing nuances of interplaying light, as it literally vibrates across the natural forms he depicted. The stunning blue sky in its full density is also an indispensable element of his landscapes, where the mountains rarely reach the top of the frame in his effort to provide the ultimate amount of contrast.
In virtually all examples of Walde’s most characteristic work, a very expressive message is undeniably evident. In his paintings Winterlandschaft (Winter Landscape), Steinbergkogel and Aufstieg (Ascent) he used a very reduced style of composition. Relying on precise forms, he effectively created a very natural, realistic interpretation. In terms of style, these works (created between 1924 and 1926) are classified as belonging to the movement known as Die Neue Deutsche Sachlichkeit (in English, objective realism).


Winterlandschaft_S91_1080_WZ Winterlandscape 
“Winterlandschaft”, 1926
Oil on Canvas, 45,08 x 61,81 in
(114,5 x 157 cm)
Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum, Ferdinandeum
11952-07N The Alps in White “Almen im Schnee”, 1926
Oil on Canvas, 50,39 x 39,57 in
(128 x 100,5 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
Hahnekamm-Bahn Originalz.-S272_00063_1080_WZ Cable-Car Hahnenkamm “Hahnenkammbahn”,
about 1928
Tempera on Cardboard,
21,26 x 19,49 in (54 x 49,5 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
Steinbergkogel_S270_00123_1080_WZ Steinbergkogel “Steinbergkogel”, about 1926 Tempera on Cardboard,
24,8 x 19,49 in (63 x 49,5 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
Buehelalm_1080_WZ Bichlalm, Farmland in Kitzbühel “Bichlalm”, 1918
Tempera on Cardboard,
17,32 x 21,65 in (44 x 55 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Neuschnee-Wintersonne_S271_00121_1080_WZ Powder-Snow “Neuschnee (Kitzbüheler Horn)”,
about 1925/30
Oiltempera on Cardboard,
22,05 x 17,32 in (56 x 44 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
D-GW-07 Einsamer Winter_1080_WZ Lonely Winter “Einsamer Winter”, about 1935
Oil on Cardboard,
9,06 x 11,42 in (23 x 29 cm),
privately owned
8044-37_1080_WZ Farm in March “Almen im März”, 1937
Oil on Cardboard,
19,29 x 27,56 in (49 x 70 cm),
privately owned
Einsamer Berghof_1080_WZ Solitary Farm “Einsamer Berghof”, 1934
Oil on Cardboard,
12,99 x 20,87 in (33 x 53 cm),
Privatbesitz
Hof am Gebirge_1080_WZ
Farm, Wilder Kaiser
“Hof am Wilden Kaiser”, 1935
Oil on Cardboard,
16,53 x 23,62 in (42 x 60 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Haus am Achrain_1080_WZ House next to the River “Haus am Achrain”, 1935
Oil on Cardboard,
13,19 x 20,67 in (33,5 x 52,5 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Bergweiler-S299_7217_1080_WZ Ranch in Tyrol “Weiler in Tirol”, 1935
Oil on Cardboard,
13,19 x 20,67 in (33,5 x 52,5 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Dorfstraße in Tirol-Originalplakat_ZM2S0622_1080_WZ Main Street in Tyrol
“Dorfstraße in Tirol”, 1935
Oil on Cardboard,
13,19 x 20,67 in (33,5 x 52,5 cm)
Auktionshaus Hassfurther
Auracher Kirchl_S273_1080_WZ The Church of Aurach “Tiroler Berghof (Auracher Kirchl)”, about 1927/30
Oil on Cardboard,
23,62 x 16,54 in (60 x 42 cm)
Wien, Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher
Wegkreuz-S274_00013_1080_WZ Cross on a Path “Wegkreuz”, 1924
Oil on Canvas,
30,71 x 39,37 in (78 x 100 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
Andreaskirche im Abendrot-S224_00125_1080 The Andreas-Church in the Sunset “Andreaskirche im Abendrot”, about 1924
Tempera on Cardboard,
16,14 x 16,93 in (41 x 43 cm)
privately owned
Grabkreuze-S213_00029_1080_WZ Crosses on Graves “Grabkreuze”, about 1920
Oil on Cardboard,
27,56 x 27,56 in (70 x 70 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
11952-03N The Way to Home “Heimweg”, about 1926
Oil on Canvas,
ca. 5,90 x 7,09 in (ca. 15 x 18 cm)
Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
Der Schifahrer und seine Landschaft_1080_WZ The Skier and his Landscape “Der Schifahrer und seine Landschaft”
Pencilsketch,
9,45 x 11,81 in (24 x 30 cm)
D-LA-299 Bauernhof bei kitzbühel Farmhouse close by Kitzbühel “Bauernhof bei Kitzbühel”, about 1930
Oil on Cardboard,
20,47 x 16,54 in (52 x 42 cm)
privately owned

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