'Burle Marx studied nature; he wanted to learn the secret of its beauty. His work followed a circular path. He would record what he saw, observing light and shade, sometimes capturing the shadow of a pergola, making a minute study of branches and roots, to create patterns, forms and colours. Starting from this observation of reality, his paintings would become essentialy abstract. Burle Marx then applied this experience as a visual artist to his landscape designs.'
Marta Iris Montero, Burle Marx. The lyrical landscape, Thames and Hudson London