The magazine, Jugend, was founded and edited by Georg Hirth (1841-1916), and was published in Munich between 1896 and 1940.
Jugend lent its name to an entire artistic and literary movement, the Jugendstil, and was one of the most important German sources for art and literature at the turn of the century and into the 1930s. Along with modern illustrations and ornaments, a major role was played by satirical and critical texts. The Jugend was published weekly and, unlike other journals of the time, did not have a narrow subject range.
Over 250 artists participated in the first seven volumes. All of them were at the time largely unknown and many of them had some connection to Munich. For many, Jugend was one of the first opportunities to present their work.
After the First World War the journal was not able to connect with new artistic movements, even though it had in some respects developed to meet the demands of the time. This did not change until 1927, when under the direction of Franz Schoenberner the journal once more opened itself up to a younger generation and published texts from Kurt Tucholsky and Erich Kästner and drawings from George Grosz.