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Nude in Front of Yellow Box, 1925

Leopold Museum,
Vienna © Herbert Boeckl estate,
Oil on canvas
95.4×73.2 cm


  • Herbert Boeckl

    (Klagenfurt 1894–1966 Vienna)

Currently on display at EG
In the autumn/winter of 1924/25, Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) worked at the Vienna studio of fellow Carinthian painter Felix Esterl (1894–1931), while his family stayed in Carinthia. At Praterstraße 34, he created a number of important paintings including the Nude in Front of Yellow Box as well as the Still Life with Stovepipe. These two works are connected by their warm coloring in shades of red, but also by specific props, such as the jug positioned on the stove. The female nude is standing at the center of the room. Her right hand is holding on to the corner of the table, while her left leg is propped up against the yellow box that gives the work its title. A stabilizing frame for the body is created by the stove with its vertical pipe, a rectangular shape (a painting?) on the back wall that is parallel to the picture plane and the partially outlined flower bouquet on the table. Like the two paintings of bathers in front of Eberndorf Abbey, which Boeckl created in the summer of 1925, the Nude in Front of Yellow Box almost seems modeled out of clay.

Object data

  • Herbert Boeckl
Nude in Front of Yellow Box
Alternative title
Nude with Yellow Box
Art movement
Oil on canvas
95.4×73.2 cm
Signed lower right: Böckl 25
Credit line of the permanent loan
Private collection
Selection of Reference works
  • 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: 86
  • Frodl 1976: 69

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i

Nachlass Herbert Boeckl, Wien (1966); (1)
Leonore Boeckl, Wien (ab 1966); (2)
Leopold J. Boeckl, Washington D.C., USA (vor 1994); (3)

  1. Gerbert Frodl, Herbert Boeckl. Mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde von Leonore Boeckl, Salzburg 1976, S. 175, Nr. 69
  2. Agnes Husslein-Arco (Hg.), Herbert Boeckl, Wien 2009, Nr. 86
  3. Ingried Brugger, Klaus Albrecht Schröder (Hg.), Katalog zu Herbert Boeckl, München 1994

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