"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 4, Four Abstract Design Motifs

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This book, titled "Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits" (Kaleidoscope: Abstract Ornaments), is bound on dark blue linen boards and contains a title page and 20 plates (numbered 1-20) presenting a total of 87 designs for textiles, in the style of Art Deco. Having its peak during the "Roaring Twenties" (second half of the 1920s) and the Depression years of the 1930s, the eclecticism of Art Deco was permeated by both traditional European design traditions and contemporary avant-garde. The designs presented in this book contain colorful, abstract motifs, which evoke, with their fragmented vocabulary, the dynamism of modern culture that was common of Art Deco.

This plate presents four designs for textiles with abstract motifs. The first contains a variety of curved shapes, stripes, zig-zagging lines, aquares, and shuttle shapes, executed with blue, gray, freen, white and orange. The second contains vertical stripes, triangles, overlapping scales, squares, and other geometric motifs, colored with shades of blue and freen, orange, gray and black, and some details executed with silver color. The third contains several circles and squares with dots, triangles and stripes, and is executed with red, dark greenish-gray, blue, purple and black.The fourth is made up of semicircles colored with brown, and a pattern of triangles, squares and other geometric motifs executed with shades of green, blue and black.

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