Judith is Jugend

08 May

Julius Klinger, “Judith” in Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration #21,1907, 11 x 8 in, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

The art of Julius Klinger has been described as both a Symbolism and Art Nouveau, which overlap depending on the subject.    In the case of Judith, she appears to be an Art Nouveau representation with the curving lines and elongated figure, harsh lines against detailed and swirling patterns.   But the selection of Judith as subject is evidence of Symbolism  –  a metaphor for the severing of ties to tradition – similar to Klimt and Heine. (1)

Klinger was published in Jugend (1896-1940) and Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration (1897-1939), among other magazines.    Jugend was a humour publication with lighthearted illustrations, while Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration was a more serious examination of art and design.  Unfortunately, Julius Klinger was exiled to Minsk and died there during the Holocaust.

Speaking of Klinger, one of his memorable illustrations for Jugend is Judith’s evil twin, Salome.  And boy-oh-boy does she have some anger to work out.

Julius Klinger, “Salome”, 1909, 11 x 8 in, illustration for The Farce of Sodom or The Quintessence of Debauchery by John Wilmot

(1) refer to post “Judith in Black and White” Sept 28, 2011.

(2) tip of the hat to John Coulthart for his blog, { feuilleton }


Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Whorey


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2 responses to “Judith is Jugend

  1. Judy McCartney

    June 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    The best and funniest I have ever read. Thank you…and looking forward to some more! How about doing something on Kalo?

    • judith2you

      January 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      oh my, it has taken a spell to respond and I apologize. I am glad you have enjoyed the blog. But who is Kalo and what is the connection to Judith’s twisted story?


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