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Charcoal and colored pencils heightened white on tinted paper
Signed and inscribed lower right “Hans Christiansen. Paris. 96”
‘Jugend’, 2/33 (1897), p. 551 (title page)
Beil, Ralf, Buhrs, Michael et al. (ed.): Hans Christiansen. The retrospective. Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt et al. 2014, page 104
With his pioneering illustrations for the magazine “Jugend”, Hans Christiansen had a lasting influence on the image of Art Nouveau in Germany from 1896 onwards. Prior to this, he had studied the most important avant-garde movements in Paris and translated their elements into an independent style. This drawing is one of Christiansen’s most famous magazine cover designs for “Jugend” and reflects the influence of Japonism in both motif and style. At the same time, the work expresses the unbridled “joie de vivre” of a young generation of artists who break with the outdated rules of academicism and offer a new style in reply.