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Plate with Apples, c. 1919

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Bildrecht,
Vienna 2022
Oil on wood
27.5×29.8 cm


  • Alfons Walde

    (Oberndorf 1891‒1958 Kitzbühel)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
With delicacy and finesse, Alfons Walde (1891–1958) staged the seemingly unspectacular subject of a Plate with Apples in oil on wood in 1919. Again a resident of Kitzbühel from 1918, Walde steadily developed his style, using a visibly more dynamic brushstroke as well as impasto. In extreme close-up and from an extreme viewing angle—looking almost straight down on the subject from above—the painter demonstrates his ability for striking pictorialization. Set diagonally against the dark backdrop of the square format in bright colors, the depiction of the plate almost elevates the two pieces of fruit, rendered in complementary colors, red and green, out of the picture. Using delicate contours and suggesting shadows with broad brushstrokes, the representation oscillates between simplifying flatness and three-dimensionality. Still lifes played a role in Walde’s oeuvre already when he was still working in the Viennese avant-garde scene of the 1910s.

Object data

  • Alfons Walde
Plate with Apples
c. 1919
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on wood
27.5×29.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 427
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).
  • 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

Nachlass Alfons Walde, Kitzbühel (1958);
Guta E. Berger, geb. Walde, Kitzbühel (ab 1959); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (ab 1994).

  1. Nachlassstempel: “Aus dem Nachlass von Prof. A. Walde Kitzbühel“ und Beschriftung „Guta E. Berger geb. Walde“ auf der Bildrückseite

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