This is from the very first year, 1896, of the Munich magazine "JUGEND", ("youth"). That gives it historical significance as well as having such wonderful artistic value.
JUGEND, which gave the word "Jugendstil" to the world, was an aesthetic movement during the Art Nouveau period in Edwardian Germany and Austria. Jugend is considered by many to be the most extraordinary publication of the period.
All covers were original artworks composed for each issue, with avant garde lettering. The artwork inside were uninhibited and innovative. They were beautiful and bold, commanding attention from viewers.
This wonderful cover features two young Art Nouveau girls with red hair and floating dresses, helping a little old guy all dressed in black (which was the usual garb in Munich at the time) run with them towards the future. This is such a wonderful metaphor of the trend that Jugend started, that could not be resisted, since these two lovelies have the elderly man by both wrists. They will help him fly into the future happily. This is beautifully detailed, humorous, and delightful.
The whimsical lettering specially created for the issue, is the perfect contrast for the scene.
Country of Origin: Germany.
Size: 11 1/2" by 8 1/2"
Condition: In very good condition with no damage or fading. Colors still very vibrant. (whiteness on the left not in the piece).
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