Walde’s early flower sketches show influences originating from his exposure to the Viennese art scene, particularly theJugendstil (art nouveau) work of Gustav Klimt. Nevertheless, Walde’s unique style is never lost on the observer. Primarilydone in tempera, his flower paintings from this period seem a result of improvisation, at the same time displaying theartist’s finely tuWned sensitivity for the expressive use of colors. Die Sonnenblumen (Sunflowers), a painting from Walde’searly period, deserves mention as a work of great finesse, and has often drawn comparison with Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Itwas not untill his later years, that Walde created oilpaintings of flowers comparable in style to his mature work.