The betrothed couple
1918, oil on canvas,
119 x 90 cm

  Childhood
1894 Herbert Boeckl was born in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, on 3 June. He made his first attempts at painting at an early age.
  Studies and first steps
1912


1913
Rejected by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he decided to study architecture, though never losing sight of his ambition to be a painter.
He first showed paintings at a joint exhibition. The established architect Adolf Loos introduced him into the artistic Viennese circle to which Egon Schiele, Carl Moll and Oskar Kokoschka also belonged.
  First World War
1914-18 Boeckl was called up for war service on the Italian front; he created several war motifs.