He explains that the very old trees have forgotten what it is to be a tree

Seen in an exhibition today – Cabbages in an Orchard by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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From the exhibition’s notes:

Mackintosh wrote a four-page explanatory essay to accompany this work for The Magazine, an unpublished, handmade album of essays and drawings.  Mackintosh’s handwritten text, meant “to satisfy the ordinary ignorant reader,” gives us a rare glimpse into his quirky and surreal sense of humor.  He explains that the very old trees have forgotten what it is to be a tree, and so they have become like the cabbages they gaze upon in their orchard.