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Still Life with Two Red Apples, 1921

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
35.1×42.7 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
At 35.1 x 42.7 cm, the undesignated Still Life with Two Red Apples is considerably smaller than the Still Life with Dead Crow (private collection) created in the same year. Its significance lies not in its size, however, but in its almost experimental application of paint. The painting shows two orange-red apples on a grayish white cloth. The dark background could be interpreted as a table and a wall. In comparison with Reclining Female Nude (White Nude) dating from 1919 and Group on the Edge of the Forest dating from 1920, this still life shows the variability in Herbert Boeckl’s (1894–1966) artistic approach. With its gestural application of paint, the work forms a bridgehead pointing to the artist’s further development in the years of 1921/22, his Berlin period. Boeckl practiced a “wild style of painting,” which would continue to amaze contemporary art critics for years to come.

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Still Life with Two Red Apples
Alternative title
Small Still Life with Apples
Art movement
Oil on canvas
35.1×42.7 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 656
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).
  • Herbert Boeckl. Mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde von Leonore Boeckl, hrsg. von Gerbert Frodl, Salzburg 1976.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Husslein-Arco 2009: 29
  • Frodl 1976: 24

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