"Kaléidoscope: Ornements Abstraits"; Plate 20, Five 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 five designs for textiles with abstract motifs. The first one consists of rows of overlapping fragments of curved shapes and rectangles, colored with blue, black, tan, turquoise and aquamarine. The second design consists of a pattern made up of overlapping fragments of circles and other geometric shades colored with brown, dark green, and three shades of blue, above which stand our alternating vertical rows of small orange circles and black parallellograms. The third design is made up of groups of overlapping shuttle shapes, petaloids, and fragments of circles and triangles, colored with red, burgundy, orange, green, dark blue and shades of green, purple and pink, and gray circles and large shuttle shapes with green and gray stripes. The fourth design is made up of fragments of circles and triangles colored with gray, orange, black and shades of green. The fifth design is made up of fragments of curved shapes, triangles, rectangles and circles, executed with gray, brown, black, purple and hot pink.

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