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5 Most Haunted & Cursed Paintings Ever Created

08 May 2018

Paintings are wonderful works of art. They are often beautiful and mesmerizing, but sometimes they can also be disturbing. Here are five examples of actual paintings which never settled in one place due to the weird and eerie happenings that people experienced who went near them.

5 The Anguished Man

The Anguished Man

The Anguished Man is an infamous painting with a rather gruesome origin. The original artist was said to have used his own blood as part of the pigment used in the painting and then committed suicide after the painting was completed.

The painting, now owned by Sean Robinson, first belonged to his grandmother who had told him about her scary experiences with the work of art. At night, she would hear voices and crying in the attic where the painting was kept for 25 years. At one point, she claimed to have seen a shadowy figure which she believed to be the artist himself haunting the painting.

After his grandmother had died, Sean took the painting home with him. Immediately after, Sean claimed to have similar experiences to that of his grandmother, and the hauntings got to the point where it affected his wife and son. He decided to set up a camera and record videos of paranormal activity surrounding the painting after his wife told him of an invisible presence stroking her hair and his son falling inexplicably down the stairs.

Sean uploaded his videos to YouTube, and one of the videos showed unexplained happenings surrounding the painting such as slamming doors, rising smoke, and the painting falling from the wall. The last known video uploaded was in the year 2011. The authenticity of the video, however, has yet to be proven.

4 The Hands Resist Him

The Hands Resist Him

This painting, also known as the eBay “Haunted Painting,” is said to be the most haunted painting in the world. It was created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. It shows a young boy with a creepy life-size doll standing beside him in front of a glass-paneled door. Behind the door, is a dark room with floating hands pressed on the glass.

The boy in the painting was based on a photo of Stoneham when he was five years old, and the title was from a poem written by his wife. When asked to describe the picture, Stoneham was quoted to have said, “The hands were all of the possibilities….You were left with the question, ‘Are these disembodied hands? Are they dismembered, floating there in space? Or are they connected to bodies?”.

What makes this painting creepy are the stories that revolved around it and its history with its previous owners. After its completion, the first three men who came into contact with the painting were the gallery owner who first showcased the work, the art critic who reviewed it, and, actor John Marley, who bought it,﹘all who died shortly after. The next owners of the painting were an elderly California couple who reported bizarre things happening in their house after acquiring the art. There were figures who were said to be moving at night as well as the boy and the doll disappearing completely from the canvas. They even reported of dreams where the boy entered the room where the painting hung. Other visitors in their home felt uneasy when looking at the picture as if invisible hands were touching them and babies would cry when they are near the painting.

The painting was eventually discarded by the couple and after 26 years it was found near an old brewery where it ended up as an auction item on eBay. The seller listed it with a description which was eerily similar to the reports of the elderly couple:

“AT THE TIME, WE WONDERED A LITTLE WHY A SEEMINGLY PERFECTLY FINE PAINTING WOULD BE DISCARDED LIKE THAT. ( TODAY WE DON’T !!! ) ONE MORNING OUR 4 AND 1/2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER CLAIMED, THAT THE CHILDREN IN THE PICTURE WERE FIGHTING, AND COMING INTO THE ROOM DURING THE NIGHT.”

After an initial bid of $199, the painting received 30 bids and was sold for $1,025.00 to Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The legend surrounding the painting has since grown and online viewers have even reported feeling disoriented and disturbed after viewing the painting.

3 The Crying Boy

The Crying Boy

The Crying Boy was part of a series of mass-produced paintings by Italian painter Bruno Amadio, also known as Giovanni Bragolin, depicting portraits of crying orphans. Originally, it served as a souvenir for tourists after World War II and was widely distributed from the 1950s onwards. The most famous among the paintings in the series was that of “The Crying Boy”.

However, in September 1985, British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, reported a Chelmsford firefighter had claimed undamaged copies of painting were often all that was left at many of the house fires he had attended, causing speculation among the firefighting community that the image was cursed. Several months after the report more houses whose owners had a copy of the painting also reported fires.

The Sun organized a mass bonfire to burn the paintings, asking readers to send in their cursed copies. An investigation was also started to examine why the paintings remained undamaged during fires, it concluded that one of the possible explanations was that the prints were coated with a fire-repellent varnish and the string holding the frame was the first to be consumed by the fire, thus leaving the painting to fall face-down and be protected from the flames.

2 The Portrait Of Bernardo de Galvez

The Portrait Of Bernardo de Galvez

Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Gálvez was a Spanish military leader and colonial administrator who fought for the American colonies. In honor of him, Hotel Galvez, a historic hotel located in Galveston, Texas was named after him. His portrait which is hung in the hotel is said to be haunted by him.

Visitors and employees have claimed that the eyes of the portrait would follow them whenever they pass by it. Others have reported seeing orbs and feeling cold spots when they are near the painting. The most interesting thing about the painting is the way Bernardo seemed to dislike having photographs of his portrait taken. It was said that if you do not explicitly ask for permission from Bernardo de Galvez’s spirit to take pictures of his portrait, the resulting photos would either be blurry or distorted.

On one occasion during a paranormal team’s investigation, one of the photos produced a ghostly skeleton near the painting. It is said that only after asking the image for permission will you be able to take clear pictures without any anomaly.

1 The Headless Man

The Headless Man

Laura P., a reader of Paranormal.About.com, shared a chilling story about a painting she had created. It was based on a photo from James Kidd, a commercial photographer whose photographs were on display at a gallery together with Laura’s oil paintings. The photo was a double exposure of a stagecoach stop, an old stagecoach, and an old wagon.

The resulting photo was surprisingly eerie when a headless man appeared out of nowhere standing on a log at the left side of the wagon. The photographer asked experts and even Kodak to examine the photo to prove that it was not altered in any way. Laura, intrigued by the photo, asked the photographer if she could do an oil painting of the picture. Kidd agreed, but as Laura was painting the image, she did feel a little weird but eventually, was able to finish the painting.

The finished painting was displayed in Laura’s office, however not long after strange occurrences started happening, every morning the painting was crooked, even though it had been straightened the previous day. Papers went missing, and appointments got mixed up. Laura’s office colleagues became suspicious of the painting and asked her to take it back home.

Even at home, mysterious things were happening to Laura and her family. One instance was the garage roof constantly leaking even though it had already been examined and fixed three times. The painting was leaning against the wall which is connected to the garage. and when the painting was moved the leaks stopped. Other instances included salt spilling all over the floor even though the container was standing upright and a large chunk of glass broke from Laura’s glass just as she was about to take a drink, there were also strange knocks on her front door.

As with all her paintings, Laura would take photographs of her finished work, but people would refuse to touch the photos of The Headless Man painting. On one occasion, a woman asked to see the photo and laughed at it. That night after the woman returned home, a clock which was securely fastened to her wall dropped and broke into pieces.

Finally, a friend of Laura’s requested to take the photos home to show his mother-in-law. He placed the photos on the table while he was playing a card game, as he glanced outside the window, he swore he saw a hazy white figure moving around the corner. Convinced the Headless Man Photo was responsible, he returned the images to Laura and told her he would never touch the pictures again.


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