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Large Sicilian Landscape, 1924

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
77×108.2 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) is one of Austria’s most important artists of the 20th century. His early paintings are characterized by an intense exploration of French Modernism, especially the oeuvre of Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Before World War I, the Carinthian artist studied architecture in Vienna and participated in his first exhibitions as a graphic artist. Financially supported by art dealer Gustav Nebehay (1881–1935), Boeckl traveled to Berlin, Paris and Sicily in the early 1920s. Boeckl and his family spent six months in Sicily from November 1923. They stayed at the Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi in Palermo. The Large Sicilian Landscape of 1924 depicts the quarry of Bagheria near Palermo, where Boeckl painted together with the Swiss painters Edwin Hunziker (1901–1986) and Max Gubler (1898–1973). The motif once again recalls his idol Paul Cézanne.

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Large Sicilian Landscape
Art movement
Oil on canvas
77×108.2 cm
Signed and dated lower left: H. BÖCKL. 1924
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 529
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).
  • 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: 70
  • Frodl 1976: 55

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