Hermann Junger (b.1928) Bauhaus influenced jewellery

Brooch designed by Hermann Junger - RISD 2001.20
Brooch designed by Hermann Junger – RISD 2001.20

Bauhaus influenced jewellery

As an artist and a teacher, Hermann Junger, who was born in 1928, had a big impact on the way modern jewellery evolved. Junger was one of the best goldsmiths in Germany. His creative jewellery and inspiring teaching had a big impact not only in his home country but also all over Europe and the United States.

Education

Junger studied at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau, and was Professor of Goldsmithing at the Akademie der Bildenden K眉nste, Munich. Junger is a very important part of modern jewellery.

Biography

Junger’s work starts with his watercolours and line drawings, which are already very good. The drawings are used to find new ideas and capture a sense of spontaneity that would be hard to get if all of the experimentation was done by making the jewellery. Junger’s growth owes little to other jewellers and a lot to a German painter named Julius Bissier. Bissier’s fluid, almost oriental compositions showed how Junger wanted his own work to make people feel and think.

Hermann Junger at Galerie Wittenbrink

Style

Junger’s work is expressive because of two aspects of Bauhaus design: the tendency to keep things simple and the addition of a freer, sometimes more playful element. Paul Klee is a hidden guide. Junger makes art out of gold and other precious materials. He uses shapes that are almost religious and remind us of the ornaments used by pre-Christian and pre-classical cultures.

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing. https://amzn.to/3ElmSlL

Dormer, P. (1991). The Illustrated Dictionary of Twentieth Century Designers.

Hermann Junger at Galerie Wittenbrink. (2015, March 17). YouTube; http://www.youtube.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gGRKZ87kNk

The Jewelry of Hermann Junger – Ganoksin Jewelry Making Community. (2017, May 1). Ganoksin; http://www.ganoksin.com. https://www.ganoksin.com/article/jewelry-hermann-junger/

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