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Bathers on Lake Klopein, 1922

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
67.4×53.6 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) left Berlin in April 1922 and moved with his family to Klopein in Carinthia. His sojourn in Berlin had given the painter the opportunity to study the oeuvre of Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Cézanne’s influence on Boeckl’s development should not be underrated. During the summer of 1922, Boeckl first explored the motif of bathers; he would address this subject again in 1923 and 1925. The bodies are defined by pastose colors and black contours. The block-like application of different shades makes any fine transitions impossible. Stylistically, Herbert Boeckl belongs to the school of Austrian Color Expressionism. Even though his oeuvre holds a highly singular position, it shows a proximity to works by Jean Egger (1897–1934) and the members of the Nötscher Kreis.

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Bathers on Lake Klopein
Art movement
Oil on canvas
67.4×53.6 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 521
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).
  • 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: 51
  • Frodl 1976: 39

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