Aurach bei Kitzbühel. 1926 /1928. Oil on cardboard. Lower left signed. Verso with artist's label, there signed. 59.5 x 42 cm (23.4 x 16.5 in). With the original frame that was designed by Alfons Walde.
With a written expertise issued by Prof. Gert Ammann, Völs, from 15 August 2017.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Ida Walde (neé Plattner), gifted from Herrmann Walde (Alfons Walde's cousin). Private collection South Tyrol.
Gustinus Ambrosi in a letter to Alfons Walde in 1926 .My dear Walde, I was at the artist's house and I was delighted by your pictures. You really did me some credit, as I recommended you to the lousy and ingrate Viennese artist mob. I warmly recommended you to each and everyone of them and wired from Innsbruck and Kitzbühel, and now I am full of joy, as your pictures beat all others. [..] You are on the right track. You are great, my friend.
Alfons Walde staged the Alpine landscape near KitzbÃ¼hel like no one else did, the observer is immediately taken by his passion and love for the snow-covered world. The glistening sunlight casts long and dark shadows on the snow. A perfect winter's day gets the villagers out of their homes for a chat with their neighbors. The dominant pictorial elements in Waldeâ€˜s composition are the skyâ€˜s bright blue and the dazzling whiteness of the snow masses. Walde is a master of the depiction of this idyllic landscape, eventually his light-flooded winter landscapes made him famous during his lifetime. The surfaceâ€˜s summary conception, which he breaks up and invigorates with a skilled brushwork and strong contrasts of light and shade, is document of his artistic progressiveness in context of a figurative painting that made him one of the most outstanding representatives of Alpine folk painting.[SM]