Alfons Walde (Austrian, 1891-1958)
Aufstieg der Schifahrer
Signed "A. Walde" l.r.
Oil on board, 16 3/4 x 26 3/4 in. (42.8 x 68.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Minor frame abrasions, craquelure to some areas of impasto, minor surface grime.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Stephan Paul Laufer; by descent to the current private collection, Maine.
N.B. An avid skier, Stephan Paul Laufer (Austrian/American, 1903-1970) commissioned this painting from Alfons Walde after seeing a similar work by the artist on a trip to the Austrian ski town Kitzbühel in the winter of 1937/38. Laufer fled Austria two days after the Anschluss, before Walde had begun the painting. After World War II, Laufer contacted Walde and arranged for the painting to be sent to him in the United States with the assistance of his close friend and skiing partner, Otto Wolfrum.
The work might benefit from a gentle cleaning. Nothing to be noted under UV but images are included nonetheless. Frame dimensions: 24 x 33 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.
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