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Girl’s Head, c. 1919

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


  • Alfons Walde

    (Oberndorf 1891‒1958 Kitzbühel)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Imbued with lyrical dreaminess, strangeness and mystery, Alfons Walde (1891–1958) makes his Girl’s Head stand out from the opaque darkness of the backdrop, bringing us really close to the face of the black-haired young woman with wavy bangs leads and a matte complexion. The expressive shell-shaped eyes, veiled in gloom, look to the side, covered by what seems like a mysterious gauze that sets them off against the rest of the oval face and the faintly smiling lips. Done in oil on cardboard with impasto technique and delicate dense coloring, the work was probably painted by Walde in 1919—a phase of focusing, stylistically and thematically, on his Tyrolean homeland in the form depictions of alpine landscapes with idealized human figures in them. Walde increasingly defined himself as a depicter of the palpable, of everyday universality and real-life sensibility. His earlier work features a large number of erotic female nudes and depictions of a sultry atmosphere as seems fitting for the nervous decadence of the big city. In his later oeuvre, Walde defined himself as a “natural, simple, and sincere man” whose art was therefore meant to be a “mirror of the soul.”

Object data

  • Alfons Walde
Girl’s Head
c. 1919
Art movement
Classical Modernism
Oil on cardboard
29.8×27.5 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 431
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 Eva 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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