"This painter was distinguished amongst many others by a talent that triumphed
over a huge body in which there beat a very timorous heart. In no other painter
have I found the solemn, gloomy freedom which marks the pictures painted in
his youth. Here are strong, violent emotions that have tempted, distressed
and tormented Herbert Boeckl throughout his life. His ready willingness to
accept suffering and mental anguish enabled him to paint with great sensitivity.
If this man and painter, who is of the utmost emotional sensibility, can get
through a life of full work and over-full of disappointments, then there must
be secret powers that keep him going."
Fritz Wotruba on his artist colleague, 1964