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The short Day, 1925/26

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on cardboard
43.2×70.1 cm


  • Alfons Walde

    (Oberndorf 1891‒1958 Kitzbühel)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Pristine and enchanting in its elemental beauty, Alfons Walde (1891–1958) depicts in his oil-on-cardboard painting The Short Day of 1925/26 the alpine winter landscape with its snowy mountain peaks, dense coniferous forests, and a group of snow-capped small chalets, sunk in the whiteness of the landscape and casting hard shadows in the low late-afternoon sun. Walde returned to Kitzbühel in 1918, specializing on landscapes and alpine motifs. With the skill of a sought-after commercial artist, the trained architect gained international attention in the early 1920s, when winter tourism and the winter-sports industry were first taking shape. Walde used photographs to find pictorial subjects for his posters. His balanced compositions, oscillating between simplified forms and sophisticated detailing, became so popular that the artist set up his own postcard-publishing company and also brought out many of his most successful motifs as oil paintings on cardboard that were offered in three different sizes.

Object data

  • Alfons Walde
The short Day
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on cardboard
43.2×70.1 cm
Signed lower right: A. WALDE
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 335
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Moderne Österreichische Farbmalerei um 1918, hrsg. von Elisabeth Leopold, Wien 2021 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 03.02.2021-24.05.2021).
  • Zwischen den Kriegen. Österreichische Künstler 1918–1938, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 21.09.2007-28.01.2008).
  • Alfons Walde hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2006 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 17.03.2006-19.06.2006).

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994).

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