Expressionism in his early years
It was not until after his return from the war that he really began to paint. The first works are characterised by an almost violent power, a crude solidity and brilliant colours. In his early work, Boeckl was already developing an independent, strongly expressive style, which puts his works on the fringe of the "only just representational".

Colour as language
Colour is and remains a striking means of expression. Other representational elements such as lines, light and modelling retreat increasingly into the background, but their functions are fulfilled. It seems as though they were taken over by the colour. The early 1920s pictures almost appear to derive their life from colour.
A few immensely brilliant colours dominate, sometimes in sharp contrast to each other.

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Jay
1922, oil on canvas,
53 x 60 cm,
privately owned, Vienna