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Form and Meaning
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  • John K. Jespersen, Rhode Island College
The Conventionalization of the Leaf Ornament
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As did Owen Jones, Bloomer argues for a modern style of ornament to decorate a modern architechture. Based on formal laws rather than theories of classical or naturalism imitation, conventionalization can be seen as being explicitly modern. More-over, deriving from the work of ornament, these laws are dependent on intrinsic rather than extrinsic principles.

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The MIT Press
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Jespersen, K. (1987). Form and meaning: The conventionalization of the leaf ornament. Perspecta, 23, 144-155.