From the mythical Art Nouveau Munich magazine: "JUGEND", ("youth") one of the rarest and most spectacular early covers, signed "Erler" in the plate.
In my humble opinion, JUGEND, obviously related to "Jugendstil", if not entirely responsible for the word itself, an aesthetic movement equivalent to Art Nouveau, in Edwardian Germany and Austria, is the most extraordinary publication of the period. It started in 1896 and Erler was a co-founder.
All covers were original artworks with besides avant garde lettering composed for each issue. All artworks were free, bold, and would knock out the reader with their beauty and innovation.
This is the portrait of "Dornröschen" alias "Sleeping Beauty", seen sleeping behind a dark foreground of birds on hawthorn branches.
Hawthorn had been growing around Sleeping Beauty's castle with time, which is why Dorn or "thorn" is part of her name.
Her crown is made of the letters J U G E N D with a strong Middle Ages feel.
The lettering, her soft smile, her gigantic closeup, were all absolutely revolutionary for the time, and must have been a sensation (the issue is from 1898!)
Today it still remains as a phenomenal example of this legendary artistic era, with its rare colors, its strong visual contrast, and a style that makes many artworks look really pale in comparison.
CONDITION: In very good condition with no damage or fading. Colors still very vibrant.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 11 1/2". Width: 8 1/2". ( 29 cm) by ( 21.5 cm)
Will be shipped Registered Airmail from Paris (very safe!) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 1869PNT
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