Born in 1891 in Oberndorf, a small village near Kitzbühel, Alfons Walde’s life is shaped by the imposing mountains of the Kitzbühel Alps and the people who live there. Through his studies in Vienna, he also got to know the most important members of the Vienna Secession, such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, and let them encourage him in his artistic work.
Influenced by Secessionism, he created still lifes, landscapes and scenes from rural life. Alfons Walde became internationally known primarily through the posters he created between 1920 and 1938 with winter landscapes and winter sports motifs.
Born in Oberndorf (suburb of Kitzbühel), Austria, on February 8; son of Maria (née Ritzer) and Franz Walde.
Moves to Kitzbühel, where his father becomes school director
Attends the Imperial-Royal Secondary Modern School in Innsbruck.
First aquarel and tempera works.
Studies at the Technical University of Vienna (Architecture). Visits Kirchdorf, Upper-Austria; lives in Weidlingsau (suburb of Vienna). Contact with Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Receives support from the architect, Robert Oerley.
First exhibtion in Innsbruck (Czichna Gallery).
First exhibition at the Wiener Secession.
One year of volunteer service in the Imperial-Royal Landesschützenregiment 2, followed by service in the Landesschützenregiment 3, in Innichen, including tours of duty near Monte Piano, Zugna Torta and Pasubio.
Returns home from Bosnia as a Kaiserschützenleutnant (Lieutenant of the Imperial-Royal Rifles).
Returns to the Technical University of Vienna for the summer semester of 1917-1918. Contact with Egger-Lienz with regards to founding of a chamber of artists.
Friendship with the “workers’ poet,” Alfons Petzold, who had recently moved to Kitzbühel.
First exhibition after the end of the war in the Wiener Secession.
Takes first and second prize in a competition of the Tyrolian Traffic Office (theme: winter landscapes). Designs and helps complete (along with fellow artist Andreas Einberger) two Kaiserschützen (imperial soldiers) for the Tummelplatz in Innsbruck-Amras.
Fiendship with Gustinus Ambrosi.
Marries Hilda Lackner, from Kitzbühel.
Particpates in the Biennale Romana art exhibition in Rom; grant recipient of the Julius Reich artist foundation.
Participation at the moving exhibition Tiroler Künstler (Tyrolian Artists) in Rheinland-Westphalia.
Completes his first poster designs.
Chief planner in project planning and development for the cable car stations in Kitzbühel/Hahnenkamm.
First prize (shared with Painter Rudolf Stolz, from Bolzano, Italy) in a renewed competition to perform commissioned work for the train station in Innsbruck.
Builds his own house on the Hahnenkamm/Kitzbühel.
Divorces Hilda Lackner.
Marries Lilly Walter, from Hall, Tyrol.
His daughter, Guta-Eva, is born.
First offical poster release for a Tyrol-commissioned advertisemt.
Draws plans for the Hotel auf dem Brennerhof, in Kitzbühel.
Lawsuit and trial involving a fake Walde painting
Gestapo house search.
Divorces Lilly Walter.
Marries Ida Tropschuh; recruits as a pioneer to Salzburg, after a few weeks released because of illness.
Two months of imprisonment in Innsbruck, as the result of intrigues against him. Begins intensive preoccupation with architectural projects.
Awarded the title of Professor.
Died on December 11 from heart failure, while staying at his sister’s house in Kitzbühel.