Having found lists of obscure/obsolete color names and rounded out the alphabet with a few simply-charming-to-me colors, each day, I’ll introduce a color and a swatch I’ve painted and then write about whatever comes to mind as I muse about the day’s color. Fair warning, my mind is a non-linear traveler, so who knows where my contemplations will take us.
J is for…
Jugendstil Pink – a traditional pink shade that’s been heavily muted or tempered with a strong gray undertone in order to obtain a mysterious shade of dark pink.
Jugendstil literally means “youth style,” and it was an artistic movement in Germany primary, although it also extended to other parts of Europe. Considered the German counterpart of the Art Nouveau movement, it began in 1895 and continued until about 1910. It was founded as a reaction against the official art and architecture academies whose support of the more formal neo-classicism and historicism styles was deemed stifling.
I’m always curious about and interested in art movements – and what winds of change are blowing, and what shifts are made or not). Visioning with fresh eyes can be so exciting and expansive.
This particular movement was founded in Munich by a group of visual artists who created an association they called Munich Secession. As the movement grew, other groups founded their own associations.
The most visible showcase of the work that helped popularize it was the art journal Jugend, hence the name of the movement.
This image of the cover of Jugend from 1896 is in the public domain.
While I certainly believe I could benefit from some serious art history education, it’s fair to say I think quite a bit about why people create art. I think we all have our own ideas and beliefs about this, but I especially like the following three opinions, which I find myself playing with in my mind quite a bit.
Alan Moore said: “Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness.”
I believe this to be true, not only in a temporary and limited sense, such as being moved in the moment, or even an individual personal transformation, but the idea of a lasting societal/cultural shift is deeply interesting to me. We certainly see how art movements can shape our perceptions and introduce new ways of seeing and thinking about things, but do these shifts devolve because we’ve commercialized art, and then it becomes something else entirely? Or are we at a point where art is often quite literally so disrespected that messages aren’t even impactful enough to create lasting change? And yet still, I believe art is a serious pathway to consciousness change, and wish I had understood this earlier in my life.
The second thought I like is Robert Henri’s admonition: “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” Yes, yes, yes, is all I can say to that. To be in that state where your heart is on fire is truly magical.
And finally, I have to agree with Theodore Dreiser’s proclamation: “Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” Now that’s a state of consciousness I’d love us all to hold.
What about you? Were you aware of the Jugendstil movement? What sets your heart on fire, and are you finding ways to express it? I’m a bit obsessed at the moment with colors that are grayed – finding that sweet spot of balance that allows other colors to pop without dragging everything down is an experiment I’m enjoying tinkering with. Is there a color you’re particularly interested in right now? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.
New word, new concept, and I like it! You could say I am a bit focused on grey at the moment. Not because I have any fondness for the colour, but because I am fully grey now and can wear it in a way I could not when in full brunette mode… and am seeking to make a change in life which involves a grey van! YAM xx
Excellent Yamini – here’s to your gray van!
news… van test driven and purchase made!!! Yxx
I was not aware of that movement but the creative spirit is free-ranging and goes where the soul leads. I love the serenity that grayness adds. I’m most interested in which colors of tulips will come up in my flowerbed. Every year it’s a bit different!
I love how you expressed that, Margaret – the creative spirit goes wherever the soul leads. And it’s kind of fun to have your garden surprise you a bit. Those tulips can be tricksters. I finally had a few daffodils show up, so tulips won’t be far behind.
Love these quotes, especially the “Art is like magic” one. This is a pretty color too.
I kind of imagine you having little art quotes posted throughout your studio. I also like the color – it has a bit of mysteriousness to it.
Not aware of the movement so thank you for broadening my horizons. I like the grayish pink much better than regular light pink.
To answer your question anything can set a heart afire – a patch of grass, the sky, a loved one’s voice on the phone, an image, a song, a poem, a sentence even – that’s what’s so exciting about it – one doesn’t know when it will burst into flames and what will inspire it. 🙂
What a perfect answer!
Yellow is my favorite color. The sun shining first thing in the morning…a burst of flavor per say.
What a lovely image that is!
This pink is glorious – it reminds me a bit of the onion skin color.
And I wasn’t aware of the Jugendstil and will look it up now. Love the quotes on art shared by you. Art is very very subjective and I wish people wouldn’t make it about being pretentious and uppity over it. Post covid I havent really been able to attend any art shows and I miss that a lot.
Oh, I agree with you, Shalini – people should let art speak to their hearts and then let their hearts direct their brains. I hope you can find ways to attend more art shows soon. I loved doing online museum viewing during the height of the pandemic sequestering.
Ooooh, I especially love the third quotation!
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There’s something so delicious about that stored honey image, isn’t there?