"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 6, Four Abstract Design Motifs

Various artists/makers

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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, presented on a large square, contains a variety of curved shapes, colored with black, brown, and light green, and black triangles, over a background with squared shapes colored with gray and light green, some of them with zig-zagging edges, and some separated by white curves. The second design presents a stripe with fragments of circles colored with different shades of gray and green, triangles colored with aquamarine and purple, and horizontal stripes colored with purple, framed by two gray vertical stripes. The third design, under the first, contains strips of horizontal arches colored with blue and decorated with black squares and vertical green arches decorated with light green stripes and brown semi-circles, over a silver background with brown squares and ovals. The fourth design contains a vertical pattern of alternating triangles made up of geometric shapes colored with two shades of gray, red and pink, over a dark gray background, and framed by two vertical stripes colored with dark gray.

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