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Atelier Herbert Boeckl

With his prolific oeuvre, spanning from the First World War to the 1960s, Herbert Boeckl (1894–1966) ranks among the chief exponents of Austrian modernism. Besides portraits, landscapes, nudes, and still lifes, Boeckl conceived a great variety of originary motifs.

For over 30 years the artist worked in his studio at the Argentinierstraße in Vienna’s 4th district. Since 2014 the studio belongs to the Belvedere. His workplace presents itself today in its original condition, as the artist left it behind. Easels, old paint tubes, brushes, books, and other painting utensils as well as furniture can still be seen on site.

The artist’s characteristic vehemence and unwillingness to compromise resulted in the development of an art that pursued a unique, highly individual aesthetic approach. The most typical features of his style are a pronounced dynamism and expressive gestures, which are encountered not only in Herbert Boeckl’s extensive painted oeuvre, but also in his countless watercolours and drawings. Treating the subject of family time and again until 1945, he explored his own life and that of his family through painting. A large number of works depict his offspring, which had eventually grown to nine children. The most superb and significant of his numerous portraits represent the painter’s wife. After 1945, Boeckl did not paint any other portrait of a family member, and he only completed one more self-portrait, which dates from 1948.  Even in his late period, when he produced monumental paintings and tapestry designs, Boeckl set new artistic standards, arriving at a very personal interpretation of Cubism. Boeckl’s stance towards art and aesthetics became formative for the generation of Austrian artists after 1945.

It is owing to the artist Marie-Cécile Boog, Boeckl’s muse during his final years, that the studio has survived as it was. After Herbert Boeckl’s death, she left everything unchanged. Thanks to the generosity of the landlord, engineer Koch, it has been possible for the Belvedere to maintain the studio. The furniture and the painting utensils have carefully been restored and convey a fascinating impression of this important painter’s working environment.

If you would like to visit the studio, just contact the visitors and education centre of the Belvedere.

Argentinierstraße 42,
1040 Vienna

Visit only by prior appointment 

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