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Alfons Walde

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20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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72,500 GBP
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Description

  • Alfons Walde
  • Fuchsias
  • signed and dated 19. / A Walde lower right
  • oil on paper laid on board
  • 34 by 26.5cm., 13½ by 10½in.

Provenance

Gertrud Österreicher (née Sagerer), Kitzbühel
Mr Harrer (purchased from the above on 13 September 1960); thence by descent

Exhibited

Kitzbühel, Alfons Walde Gedächtnis-Ausstellung, 1959, no. 48

Catalogue Note

Dated 1919, Fuchsias is an early work by Alfons Walde, clearly indebted to the Viennese Jungendstil which shaped the artist’s early career as a student in Vienna. Flower compositions such as this one were a perfect subject matter for the artist’s experimentation with colours, shapes and sinuous lines, before developing his characteristic style dominated by snowy Alpine landscapes.

Born in 1891 in the village of Oberndorf near Kitzbühel, Austria, Alfons Walde began creating watercolour and tempera drawings from a very early age. Between 1910 – 1914 Walde studied architecture at the Technical University in Vienna where he met Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. These years proved to be of crucial importance for the artist’s career: supported by the architect Robert Oerly, he first exhibited in Innsbruck in 1911 and subsequently at the Vienna Secession in 1913.

A related work, Fuchsienstock, (1919, oil on canvas, 40 by 31cm) is in the collection of the Belvedere Museum, Vienna.

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