Jugendstil, otherwise known as Youth Style, was a German modern arts movement similar to Art Noveau. Emphasizing new trends in architecture, graphic design and decorative arts, the phenomena started around 1896 and lasted until 1906. The term Jugendstil was borne from the influential Munich weekly Jugend. A distinct element of Jugendstil is the typography. Precise and hard edges are applied in harmony with the image to create an unmistakable look. The combination was employed for covers of novels, advertisements, or exhibition posters.
The Library has processed magazines and other ephemera (advertisements, calendars, pamphlets, etc.) from this era. These primary source documents, all in German, are well illustrated and capture the flavor of the time. Those interested in art or social history and/or German culture will find the materials compelling. Included in the new collections: cover pages from Jugend; complete issues of Kunst und Handwerke (Arts and Crafts), advertisements, calendars, etc. The materials were donated to the Library by the New York-based architect Frederick Biehle, son of the Ohio artist August Biehle Jr.. August, born with German roots, often traveled to Munich and was immersed in the Jugendstil.
The collections will soon be available for viewing. If interested, contact Special Collections at 216-623-2818 or Special.Collections@cpl.org.