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.
Junger studied at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau, and was Professor of Goldsmithing at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. Junger is a very important part of modern jewellery.
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.
Junger’s work is expressive because of two aspects of Bauhaus design: the tendency to keep things simple and adding 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 reminds us of the ornaments used by pre-Christian and pre-classical cultures.
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