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Still Life with Stovepipe, 1925

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
73.7×91.6×2.6 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Currently on display at EG
In the autumn/winter of 1924/25, Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) worked at the Vienna studio of fellow Carinthian painter Felix Esterl (1894–1931), while his family stayed in Carinthia. At Praterstraße 34, he created a number of important paintings including the Nude in Front of Yellow Box as well as the Still Life with Stovepipe. These two works are connected by their warm coloring in shades of red, but also by specific props, such as the jug positioned on the stove. With its stately size of 72.5 x 92 centimeters, Boeckl’s still life differs greatly from his earlier fruit still lifes in both its formal concept and its splendor. The striking jug with the bouquet of flowers gives the composition an elegant air, while the eggs and the half-filled wine glass recall motifs of still lifes dating from the same period. The conspicuously bent stovepipe, which does not appear in any of Boeckl’s other works, may have triggered the composition by serving as an echo of the vase.

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Still Life with Stovepipe
Art movement
Oil on canvas
73.7×91.6×2.6 cm
Signed lower right: Boeckl; designated and dated upper right: Wien 25;
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 6541
Inventory access
Accession 2020
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).
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
  • Herbert Boeckl. Retrospektive, hrsg. von Agnes Husslein-Arco/Matthias Boeckl Wien 2009 (Ausst.-Kat. Belvedere, Wien, 21.10.2009-31.01.2010).
  • Herbert Boeckl. Mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde von Leonore Boeckl, hrsg. von Gerbert Frodl, Salzburg 1976.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Husslein-Arco 2009: 79
  • Frodl 1976: 63

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Herbert Boeckl, Wien (1966);
Dr. Richard Boeckl, Ober Olm, Deutschland (1966-2006); (1)
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (2006-2010); (2)
Dr. Elisabeth Leopold, Wien (2010-2020);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 2020). (3)

  1. Agnes Husslein-Arco (Hg.), Herbert Boeckl, Wien 2009, S. 345, Nr. 79
  2. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 20.09.2006
  3. Archiv des Leopold Museums, Kaufvertrag vom 17.11.2020 und Übergabebestätigung vom 16.12.2020

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