Undoubtedly, Walde's most widely recognized
work consists of his winter landscapes. Many of them show evidence of the
full power of his expressive side, as it emerged in the aftermath of WWI,
while they also reveal a component of "heaviness" that underlies
the artist's perception of natural forms. The distinctive manner in which
he depicted the wide, smooth hills around Kitzbühel, with the Wilder
Kaiser (a mountain in Kitzbühel) juxtaposed in the background, will
forever stand as a tour de force in landscape painting.
Walde painted his massive wintery motifs by forming primordial, amorphous
and "plasticized" surfaces and structural elements, only to fine-tune
them with an uncanny sense of mood and balance. His soft, pastose, almost
dry style of painting permitted him to create ever changing nuances of interplaying
light, as it literally vibrates across the natural forms he depicted. The
stunning blue sky in its full density is also an indispensable element of
his landscapes, where the mountains rarely reach the top of the frame in
his effort to provide the ultimate amount of contrast.
In virtually all examples of Walde's most
characteristic work, a very expressive message is undeniably evident. In
his paintings Winterlandschaft (Winter Landscape), Steinbergkogel and Aufstieg
(Ascent) he used a very reduced style of composition. Relying on precise
forms, he effectively created a very natural, realistic interpretation.
In terms of style, these works (created between 1924 and 1926) are classified
as belonging to the movement known as Die Neue Deutsche Sachlichkeit (in
English, objective realism).