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).