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Still Life with Dead Pigeon, 1922

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
44.7×72.3 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) painted his Still Life with Dead Pigeon in Berlin in March 1922. The artist later recalled that he painted the composition in layers and with great vehemence. He kept painting over the shapes until they appeared completely deformed.
Herbert Boeckl first presented the picture five years after its creation at the 96th Exhibition of the Union of Austrian Artists Vienna Secession. The autumn exhibition, running from 26th November 1927 to 8th January 1928, comprised 30 works by the Carinthian painter and can be said to mark his breakthrough in Austria. Boeckl had his own room at the exhibition. He selected not only works from the preceding two years but also included one of his early works in Still Life with Dead Pigeon. Contemporary art critics correlated Herbert Boeckl’s style of painting with the art of Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) as well as paintings by Lovis Corinth (1858–1925).

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Still Life with Dead Pigeon
Art movement
Oil on canvas
44.7×72.3 cm
Signed and dated lower left: Böckl 22.
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 523
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).
  • Zwischen den Kriegen. Österreichische Künstler 1918–1938, hrsg. von Rudolf Leopold, Wien 2007 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, 21.09.2007-28.01.2008).
  • Herbert Boeckl. Mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde von Leonore Boeckl, hrsg. von Gerbert Frodl, Salzburg 1976.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Husslein-Arco 2009: 44
  • Frodl 1976: 32

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