Jugendstil, an artistic style that originated around the mid-1890s in Germany and persisted throughout the first decade of the 20th century, derived its name from the Munich magazine Die Jugend (‘Youth’), which featured designs from the Art Nouveau period. In Jugendstil, two phases can be discerned: an early one, before 1900, which is mainly floral, rooted in the applied arts and prints of the English Art Nouveau and Japanese; and a later, more abstract one, originating from the Viennese work of the Belgian-born architect and artist Henry van de Velde.
Pforzheim’s jewellery sector had already begun to adapt to the new Jugenstil style before the turn of the century. Affordable and modern fashion jewellery designs by well-known artists quickly became a major commercial force, strengthening the image of profit-driven jewellery producers. Under the influence of the Darmstadt painters, the floral style of Pforzheim jewellery began to fade in favour of a more abstractly geometric style around 1900.
“Jugendstil.” Britannica Academic, Encyclopædia Britannica, 13 Oct. 2006. academic-eb-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/levels/collegiate/article/Jugendstil/44098. Accessed 14 Jan. 2021.
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