"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 8, 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 design contains circles and semi-circles colored with black, squares and vertical and diagonal stripes colored with turquoise, vertical stripes colored with tan, and cream triangles and squares over a gray ground. The second contains a pattern made up of circles, squares, triangles, and a variety of geometric motifs colored with shades of purple, pink, brown, shades of red and black. The third design contains what seems to be a pattern inspired on nature, with brown curved shapes and green abstract leaves, decorated with scattered purple pearls, over a background with overlapping semi-circles colored with black, white and yellowish-green. The fourth design is made up of overlapping squares of different sizes, colored with purple, blue, green and black.

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