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When Van Gogh arrived in Arles in February 1888 fruit trees in the orchards were about to bloom. The blossoms of the apricot, peach and plum trees motivated him, and within a month he had created fourteen paintings of blossoming fruit trees. Excited by the subject matter, Van Gogh completed nearly one painting a day. Around April 21 Van Gogh wrote to Theo, that he “will have to seek something new, now the orchards have almost finished blossoming.”

Van Gogh intended the three orchard paintings, The pink orchardThe white orchard and The pink peach tree, to go together.


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5 Classic Children’s Books With Horrible Hidden Messages

#5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Preaches the Worst Kind of Entitled Fatalism

Most of Alexander’s issues are entirely his fault. He wakes up with gum in his hair — maybe you should stop chewing gum in bed, Alex. He trips on his skateboard that he left on the floor — pick up your shit, Alex. His teacher likes his friend’s picture better than his — because Alexander didn’t draw anything. Draw something, Alex.

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