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Sunday, 16 June 2013


An explosion of talent in Brazil 
in the 1950's and '60's, encapsulated in 
The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 
published by The Wolfson Foundation on a yearly basis.  
Left: Marc Ferrez: A Master of Brazilian Photography - 'Broom Peddler', Rio de Janeiro 1895
Right: Film still from Patria brasileira, 1917. Renowned poet Olavo Bilac directed one of the film's heroic scenes.
Public market in Belem, Made in France, 1901. The gothic towers are purely decorative.
Left: Facade seen from the inner court of the theatre in Fortaleza.
Right: Bandstand in Caxambu, Minas Gerais

Left: J. Carlos, vignette of bathing beauty
Right: Roberto Burle Marx, mosaic paving, Atlantic Avenue, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro [1970]  

Roberto Burle Marx working at his office in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, 1991 
Roberto Burle Marx, aquatic garden at the Ministry of the Army, Brasilia 1970, Architect Oscar Niemeyer [see my blog post of January 23, 2013].  The white concrete sculptures were inspired by rock crystal formations
Roberto Burle-Marx, plan for the terrace garden, Ministry of Education and Public Health, Rio de Janeiro [1938] 
Amazon Theatre, Manaus, walkway. Portuguese-style stone mosaic

Roberto Burle-Marx:  "A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a colour, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself" 

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