• Human Figures

    Throughout his lifetime, Alfons Walde took inspiration from the natural beauty of his native Tyrol, but just as much so from the local people and culture. Many inhabitants were farmers, and they were the subject of many of his paintings. These paintings feature a characteristic mannerism traceable to many of Walde’s works, namely that of depicting his human subjects as a “function” of their natural environment. He chose a style that leaves his human figures, be they in motion or standing still, virtually lifted of their individuality, one that emphasized the harmony of human beings as an active part of their natural environment instead. The sketch-like technique that Walde used to represent human faces are a distinct element of this style.
    Around 1926, Walde’s artistic intention developed a new focus. It was no longer the genre-induced “comfortable scenario” that interested him, as he turned instead to a conception of man rooted in the concepts of work, fate and daily existence (See especially his works Holzknecht [Lumberjack], Bauernmutter [Farmer Mother] and Ofenbank [Oven Bench]).
    With respect to both theme and form, Walde’s work is probably most closely related to the figural work of the Austrian artist, Albin Egger-Lienz. However, Walde’s living scenes retain a decidedly more positive note, as he preferred not to approach “life and death” subjects directly in his paintings – something that Egger-Lienz did ever more frequently in his later work.
    A quote attributed to Gustinus Ambrosi: “No person with an understanding of your (Walde’s) art would possibly compare you to Egger-Lienz. I mean, he (Egger-Lienz) may also have the large surfaces, but he doesn’t have the form. You have the necessary youth, the strength to pursue form.”
    Walde responded: “I would never deny that Egger has had an influence on me. I hate lying… but I made those small paintings with themes of farm life at the age of 18, before I even knew Egger.”

    8044-61_1080_WZ Farmers on the table
    “Bauern am Tisch”, about 1928
    Oil on Cardboard,
    Wien, Österreichische Nationalbank
    Bauernstube-S297_00009_1080_WZ Ovenbench
    “Bauernstube (Feierabend)”, 1928
    Oil on Cardboard, 19,29 x 26,77 in
    (49 x 68 cm)
    Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
    D-GW-340 Inv1513BHF Nordtirol_1080_WZ Northtyrol
    “Nordtirol”, 1928
    Tempera on Paper, 35,43 x 98,43 in
    (90 x 250 cm)
    Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
    D-GW-339 Inv1512BHF Suedtirol_1080_WZ Southtyrol
    “Südtirol”, 1928
    Tempera on Paper, 35,43 x 98,43 in
    (90 x 250 cm)
    Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
    Bauernsonntag_-S284_00098_1080_WZ The Farmer´s Sunday
    “Bauernsonntag”, 1927
    Oil on Cardboard, 20,47 x 15,67 in
    (52 x 39,8 cm)
    Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
    Baeuerin-S166_00053_1080_WZ Farmer-Woman
    “Bäurin”, about 1924
    Oil on Cardboard, 14,17 x 9,45 in
    (36 x 24 cm)
    privately owned
    Bauer-S267_00048_1080_WZ Farmer
    about 1924
    Oil on Cardboard, 36 x 24 cm
    privately owned
    Bauer am Heimweg I-S277_7222_1080 Farmer´s Way Home
    “Bauer auf dem Heimweg”, about 1924/25
    Oil on Wood, 13,58 x 15,55 in
    (34,5 x 39,5 cm)
    privately owned
    begegnung_1080_WZ The Meeting
    “Begegnung”, about 1924
    Oil on Canvas, 43,31 x 51,18 in
    (110 x 130 cm)
    Prof. Dr. Rudolf Leopold
    Kirchstiege_1080_WZ Churchsteps
    “Kirchenstiege”, about 1924
    Oil on Cardboard
    8044-43_1080_WZ The Way to Church
    “Kirchgang”, about 1935
    Oil on Cardboard,
    privately owned
    8044-11_1080_WZ Soldier on Leave
    “Auf Urlaub”, about 1928
    Oil on Cardboard,
    26 x 22,5 cm
    Innsbruck, privately owned
    V119-Sonntag in Tirol T.1_S239_1080_WZ Sunday in Tyrol
    “Sonntag in Tirol”, about 1923
    Oil on Cardboard, 9,45 x 8,66 in
    (24 x 22 cm)
    privately owned
    8044-22_1080_WZ Masks in the Snow or in Kitzbühel
    “Masken im Schnee”, 1926
    Tempera on Cardboard, 10,63 x 8,66 in
    (27 x 22 cm)
    privately owned
    8044-50_1080__WZ Carneval
    “Fasnacht in Tirol”, about 1926
    Tempera on Cardboard, 13,78 x 6,89 in
    (35 x 17,5 cm)
    St. Christina/Gröden, privately owned
    8044-29_1080_WZ Carneval
    “Fasnacht in Tirol”, about 1923
    Oil on Cardboard, 17,72 x 12,6 in
    (45 x 32 cm)
    Wien, Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher
    PLW1-Die_Tanzenden_1080_WZ The Dancers
    “Die Tanzenden”,
    Tempera on Paper
    D-MU-17 Bauernmutter Peasant Mother
    “Bauernmutter”, about 1928/30
    Oil on Cardboard, 22,44 x 18,11 in
    (57 x 46 cm)
    Kitzbühel, Museum Kitzbühel
    D-FI-150 Kirchgang The Way to Church
    “Kirchgang”, about 1923
    Oil on Cardboard, 8,66 x 9,84 in
    (22 x 25 cm)
    Kitzbühel, privately owned
    B-FI-153 Zwei Bäuerinnen am weg Two Farmer-Women on the way
    “Zwei Bäurinnen am Weg”, about 1924
    Oil on Cardboard, 23,62 x 16,73 in
    (60 x 42,5 cm)
    privately owned
    D-GW-342 Skating Children
    “Kinder am Eis”, about 1919/20
    Tempera on Cardboard, 11,61 x 11,02 in (29,5 x 28 cm)
    Innsbruck, Tiroler Landesmuseum, Ferdinandeum