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Drawing and dedication by Roberto Burle Marx (1982)

Drawing and dedication by Roberto Burle Marx (1982)

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Original drawing and dedication by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx during his first retrospective, in London, in 1982.

Original drawing and dedication by Roberto Burle Marx in the booklet created for the first retrospective of his work, called "Roberto Burle Marx, landscape architect, botanist and artist" at the Royal College of Art in London in 1982. The document comes with two original photographs of the artist, in black and white, from the opening day. Maybe for Antonio Olinto? 24 pages. In English. 20 cm x 20 cm. London, 1982. Excellent condition. Single piece.

For (?) and Olinto Roberto's tenderness and friendship

Roberto Burle Marx (1909 - 1994) was an internationally renowned Brazilian landscape architect. He lived most of his life in Rio de Janeiro, where he carried out his main work, although his company operated all over the world.

Roberto Burle Marx accompanied his mother, from a very young age, in the daily care of the flowers and plants in the house. At the age of eight, he started his own collection of plants and the cultivation of seedlings. Later, while living in Germany to treat a health problem, he visited several exhibitions (Picasso, Matisse, Klee and Van Gogh), which motivated him to study painting. In Berlin, he frequented the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden, where he discovered the Brazilian flora. When he returned to Brazil to attend university, he made friends with future big names in Brazilian modern architecture, such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Roberto Burle Marx developed a style of landscaping with plants and flowers native to Brazil, fleeing the "European" pattern of the time. The drawings of his projects are often reminiscent of abstract canvases, where there are nooks and crannies in the midst of vegetation. In 1955 he founded the company Burle Marx & Cia, whose objective was to develop landscaping projects for residential and public gardens.

In addition to being one of the greatest landscapers of our century, Roberto Burle Marx was also a draftsman, ceramist, sculptor, singer and jewelry maker! Interesting detail, Karl Marx was his grandfather's cousin.

The small original drawing, in the form of a dedication, completes this rare booklet created for the first retrospective of the brilliant landscape artist. The two original photographs - and in perfect condition - by Burle Marx, on the opening day, add even more value to the set.

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