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Adolf Hitler. Mass murderer. Racist. Monster. Evil. Deranged. Painter?

I had no idea that Hitler used to be a painter before he decided to turn into a heartless bastard and exterminate millions of people. But apparently, he was. He created watercolors, no less.

A watercolor painting, completed by Hitler in 1910, is set to be auctioned off in Britain next month. The painting, showing a church and mountainous scenery in the background, is signed by Hitler himself. But here’s the weird thing…on the back, it says “Studio Medico Sigmund Freud Vienne,” which has some experts thinking that Sigmund Freud, famous psychologist, owned the painting. (The inscription on the back was the name of Freud’s practice.)

Some people believe that this could have been one of Freud’s ‘waiting room’ art pieces. Most likely, the young assassin sold the painting to Freud or to one of his assistants when he was visiting Vienna.

Still, there is much dispute on the circumstances surrounding the artwork. In an article from AOL News, Peter Nömaier, spokesman for the Freud Museum, said that Freud took all his belongings with him when he left the city and doubts very much that an original Hitler painting would not have been taken earlier by Austrian police.

But that still makes you wonder, could these two have been connected in some way? Perhaps they were acquaintances. It remains a mystery.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

When life hands you lemons, you don’t make lemonade. You have a lemon festival and make tons of giant sculptures out of them instead!

The town of Menton, in France, has started a yearly tradition that has sparked the interest of art lovers and curious people alike. It is said that over 200,000 people attend each year.

This year, the Menton Lemon Festival started on February 12 and it will finish up on March 3. The theme of the citrus festival is ‘Menton Does Cinema’ so naturally, all the lemon (and orange) sculptures relate back to film in some way. From the pictures on Oddity Central, it seems a lot of work has gone into this.

According to the site, chefs from all over the area are huge fans of the lemons because of their sweetness and flavor. I think I’d be more inclined to be a fan of the people who assemble all the lemons into one sculpture! The result is fantastic and this certainly is a new spin on the favorite fruit.

Why can’t we do something cool like this in the US? I’d rather make sculptures than lemonade anyway. Or perhaps we could make lemonade after the sculptures have ripened a bit, eh?

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day to all you people in love out there. Even if you’re not in love with anyone in particular, do something special today to love yourself or someone else!

This picture was taken by Minnesota Aviation.

A farmer in Minnesota named Bruce Andersland has proclaimed his love to his wife in a very strange way — by telling her that love stinks. She couldn’t be more amused. See, he made a half mile wide heart out of manure and presented it to her to show her how much he cares.

He started creating the stinky masterpiece with his manure spreader on Wednesday and didn’t finish until later in the day on Thursday. The two have been married for 37 years and seem to be very much in love. (Well, yah…manure sure says ‘I care.’)

According to the Associated Press, his wife said ‘it’s the biggest and most original Valentine she has ever received. She says some people might think it’s gross, but she says it’s cute and “Why not do something fun with what you got?”‘

Now what I want to know is, who here thinks they can top that Valentine? It would take a lot more manure to top that one.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton have nothing on the subjects of my latest post. As a piece of art, the results also seem to stand on their own.

French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot has created a video of 40 wild finches playing a les paul guitar. The intense musical performance was created by placing guitars and various other instruments in the middle of an aviary, then recording the results.

The video will be premiering on February 27 in London’s Barbican art gallery and the exhibit will run until May 23. Take a peek:

Many people have compared Boursier-Mougenot’s work to that of the famous artist Marcel Duchamp, who introduced strange elements to each other to see how they would come together. His art pieces also had much to do with chance as a factor for their creation.

It might be interesting to check out some more work from this artist. Most things that I’ve seen from him seem to be more installations than anything else. Check out a display of his works here.

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