A researcher by the name of Van der Veen has discovered what van Gogh was doing on the day he died.

In a letter written by Vincent van Gogh’s brother-in-law, van Gogh’s final painting was described as “a forest scene, full of sun and life”. While researchers puzzled over which painting, exactly, this phrase pertained to, Van der Veen believes he has discovered what it all means.

A long-standing theory has been that van Gogh’s painting Tree Roots was the final painting the letter references. Because the painting matches the description so closely and is an unfinished work by van Gogh (indicating he was unable to finish it before his death), the theory is now the most widely accepted theory as to which painting was really his last. …


An exploration of the works and mystery around the esteemed Italian photographer, Tina Modotti.

Born in August, 1896, Tina Modotti had an early introduction to photography through her father. Though she originally didn’t pursue the art, instead choosing to become an actress, she eventually left her career as a semi-famous film actress to work as a photographer. Modotti was soon commissioned to travel Mexico taking photos for a photography book.

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A photograph of Modotti herself

Though Modotti’s landscape works are beautiful on their own, her political activism is by far the most recognizable feature in her photos. …


Psychology suggests the method of conscious phone use. I decided to try it out for myself to see if it really works.

Up until just over a week ago, I used my phone for an average of eight hours and thirty minutes each day. That’s over half of my waking hours. The worst part is, using my phone so much didn’t serve any purpose to me: I could barely remember what, exactly, I was using it for each time I picked it up.

So, I decided to try and change how much time I was spending on my phone. I neglected to go for a big detox and put it in a box for a weekend: I figured a healthy approach to downsizing my general phone usage as much as possible was better than a mere two days away. …

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What’s the inspiration behind art, games, and literary works? Everyone has a story, and I’m here to uncover it.

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