Art certainly has influence over us. Usually, it causes a surge of thoughts and emotions running through our brains, bringing us to tears or laughter. But according to some people, there's artwork which can cause some truly undesirable effects. For instance, the haunted painting Crying Boy by Bruno Amadio is believed to be responsible for several house fires.
With so many urban tales out there about haunted houses, dolls and other inanimate objects, the ones about paintings are particularly terrifying. It's hard to say if it's because some paintings are just so heinous that they just make people miserable, or there's really a vicious spirit which haunts them.
Scroll below to see the most prominent haunted paintings. We are sure it's safe to look at these online, but make sure not to hang them in your house. Just in case.
#1 The Anguished Man. Unknown
Perhaps one of the most haunted paintings in the world, The Anguished Man has a truly horrifying history. No one knows who exactly painted the piece, but it's known that the artist mixed his blood into the paint and soon after the painting was finished, committed suicide. The current owner of the painting, Sean Robinson, said that he inherited it from his grandmother, who believed it to be cursed. When the man hung up the piece in his bedroom, the family started hearing whispering and crying at night, as well as seeing a shadowy figure.
#2 Untitled Painting. Zdzisław Beksiński
Zdzisław Beksiński's nightmarish paintings seem like scenes from hell themselves, but it's the legends surrounding them that makes people think the pieces are cursed. The Polish painter did not title any of his paintings and reportedly burned a selection of them in his backyard without showing anyone. Beksiński's life was shrouded in tragedy too as his wife died in 1998 and his son committed suicide a year later. Six years later the artist was found murdered in his apartment. There are people who believe that anyone who looks at the paintings for a longer time will soon die.
#3 The Rain Woman. Svetlana Telets
The painter, Svetlana Telets, revealed that she finished the picture in just about 5 hours, all the while feeling like hand was guided by someone else. Everyone who owned the painting reportedly would return it, complaining of insomnia, feelings of sadness and being watched.
#4 Man Proposes, God Disposes. Edwin Henry Landseer
The painting itself depicts a gruesome scene; an imagined ending to the Sir John Franklin's expedition in 1845 that disappeared without a trace. However, that isn't the only mystery related to this piece of art. The picture is housed at Royal Holloway, University of London, where it is covered with a Union flag every exam season. The reason behind it? Rumors say that in 1970s one student committed suicide after staring at the painting. He allegedly left a note behind saying "the polar bears made me do it". Other students reported feeling uneasy and upset while sitting next to it.
#5 The Hands Resist Him. Bill Stoneham
Bill Stoneham painted "The Hands Resist Him" in 1972, but in February 2000 it became known as "eBay Haunted Painting". The painting was described as haunted because previous owners reported that characters in the picture would move at night, to the point of completely leaving the frame. The painter of the piece also claims that both, the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed , and the art critic who reviewed the painting, died within a year after looking at the picture.
#6 Replica Of "Love Letters". Richard King
The painting is displayed at Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, a site where US senator' 4-year-old daughter, Samantha Houston, fell down a flight of stairs to her death in 1887. Although the painting doesn't depict Samantha, many believe that her spirit haunts the picture and some even say that both girls looked alike. People who stay at the hotel report that the painting's expressions change, people feel uneasy and even sick after looking at it for too long. Some even reported seeing a phantom of a little girl playing with a ball.
#7 The Crying Boy. Giovanni Bragolin
The Crying Boy is a painting by Italian artist Giovanni Bragolin, a man behind a group of paintings known as Crying Boys. Prints of The Crying Boy were mass-produced in 1950s and strange reports surrounding the pictures soon followed. British newspaper The Sun reported that firefighters wound often find this picture in the ruins of the burned house, the prints being completely unscathed. Many believe that the image attracts fire and misery as the boys in the picture were unhappy.
#8 Bernardo De Galvez Painting. Unknown
The painting is placed at Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas and many guests have reported strange occurrences around the picture. Some say that when walking past the painting the eyes would follow them or that standing next to it would make them feel very cold and uneasy. But perhaps the weirdest fact about this painting is that whenever people would take photos of it, the photograph would turn out to be blurred. However, people who managed to get a clear imagine of it said that all it took for them to accomplish such a feat, was to ask the portrait for permission to take a picture.
#9 The Dead Mother. Edvard Munch
The painter behind this piece, Edvard Munch, is also the author of the famous 'The Scream' piece. The subjects in the painting, a dead mother, and her child possibly represent the devastating consequences of tuberculosis, a disease that devastated Scandinavia. Many report that the eyes of the child seem to follow them and some say that at times you can hear the sheets on the bed rustle.
#10 Untitled. Laura P.
Laura P. painted this piece while referencing James Kidd's photograph that he took in 1994. The original image contained a wagon and a headless figure, whom some believed was a ghost. The painter, as if possessed by some power, recreated the painting without thinking why she was doing it. After the piece was finished, the artist reported many unfortunate events happening around the painting. Papers going missing, mysterious leaks, objects falling and breaking were just some of the incidents happening to the artist. Some people believe that the spirit captured in the original photograph is haunting the painting.