"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 18, Three 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 three designs for textiles with abstract motifs. The first one consists of scrolling motifs, fragments of circles, triangles and squares, colored with shades of gray, pink, red, cream and turquoise; the squares are rendered with thin white and light gray vertical stripes.The second design consists of overlapping fragments of circles, triangles, rectangles, shuttle-shapes, and scrolling motifs, colored with green, red, orange, brown, and shades of green and gray, over a cream ground. The third design is made up of overlapping triangles, circles, fragments of circles and rectangles, and shapes created with scrolling and curved lines, colored with blue, brown, tan, purple, green and shades of gray; groups of squares colored alternatingly with blue and white also stand out in the design.

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