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Herbert Boeckl
STILLEBEN MIT MUSCHEL UND BUCH (STILL LIFE WITH SHELL AND BOOK)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 EUR
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89
Herbert Boeckl
STILLEBEN MIT MUSCHEL UND BUCH (STILL LIFE WITH SHELL AND BOOK)
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Herbert Boeckl
1894 - 1966
STILLEBEN MIT MUSCHEL UND BUCH (STILL LIFE WITH SHELL AND BOOK)
signed H. Böckl and dated 1929 (lower left)
oil on canvas
78,8 x 52,2 cm; 31 x 20 5/8 in.
Painted in 1929.
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Provenance

Dr Otto Brill, London
Hans Brill, London
Private collection, London

Literature

Gerbert Frodl, Boeckl, Salzburg, 1976, no. 161, listed p. 187
Herbert Boeckl. Retrospektive (exhibition catalogue), Vienna, Belvedere, 2009-10, no. 156, illustrated p. 356

Catalogue Note

In Boeckl's vivid Stillleben mit Muschel und Buch, colour exists not to complement structural organisation, but to command it, and it does so brilliantly. Boeckl's thrusting use of scarlet and royal purple against a faded turquoise wall force the subject matter out towards the picture plane, the foreshortened book at odds with the flatness of the table, almost flush with the wall. In his typically bold manner, Boeckl relies far more on his vibrant palette than traditional pictorial space to describe his scene.

By the time Boeckl completed this painting in 1929, he was already well established as one of Austria's most preeminent artists. His rough landscape paintings from this time, with their impulsive, sporadic brushstrokes, speak of Boeckl's discovery of the work of Paul Cézanne in the avant-garde galleries of Berlin and Paris. Indeed, the vivacity of this still life also sings of the Expressionist's fascination with Cézanne. Indeed, the parallels between Boeckl's style and Cézanne's are clear. Cézanne, similarly preoccupied with the power of the artist's palette over composition, had given license to twentieth-century painters to exploit this new, liberated colour, and to use it to demonstrative effect. Here, Boeckl uses tools Cézanne had provided; but the result is an Expressionist creation that is uniquely Boeckl's.

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