"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 9, 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 a pattern made up of squares, triangles, parallellograms and stripes colored with shades of gray, pink, red and black. The second design is made up of vertical stripes colored with brown and green, small green and gray squares, light brown triangles and parallellograms, small blue rectangles, and curving shapes colored with gray, orange and cream. The third design contains a variety of fragmented overlapping circles and triangles colored with green, gray and yellow, vertical stripes colored with blue and two shades of green, and horizontal stripes colored with blue. The fourth design contains a variety of vertical and horizontal stripes, small squares, and fragments of circles and triangles, forming a pattern that is executed with shades of pink, gray, black and silver.

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