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HAUNTED WORKS OF ART

HAUNTED PAINTINGS

Edvard Munch, The Scream!

Real Haunted Paintings Art Gallery Of The Strange And Unexplained!

PART ONE

Some are haunted by Divinci's Mona Lisa, others by something in a painting that bothers them. Can contemporary Paintings be actually haunted? Are is it just imagined?

A gifted Norwegian painter and printmaker, Edvard Munch not only was his country's greatest artist, but also played a vital role in the development of German expressionism. His work often included the symbolic portrayal of such themes as misery, sickness, and death. The Cry, or The Scream probably his most familiar painting, is typical in its anguished expression of isolation and fear. And often called the most haunted painting in the world because of the direct affect it has on so many who view it.


Story by Mark Goldberg Photos by Harriet Cross

Can an inanimate object be haunted such a recent painting? Can a spirit attach itself to a particular thing and then cause unexplained events to occur around it? Many believe it happens regularly. the biggest question is does the artist actually know what they are doing that makes the painting haunted?

Most artist will tell you they just do what they do, paint draw sculpt basically create with God given talents. I started this article in search of an answer. From speaking to many creative people, I've learned all they want is recognition for their work. They intensely put their heart, their soul and being into what they produce. They actually want their creations to come to life, and maybe they do. In their minds, artist are haunted by the idea until it becomes an actually reality through their hands. Colors do stir up and control emotions. But colors pattern and composition do carry different stigmas. Everyone sees something unique and everyone relates to art in different ways.

How many times have you heard someone say great piece of art but the eyes scare me. Is it because it reminds you of something? Or, I've heard people say if I had to look at that all the time, I'd have nightmares.

Many artist I believe are immune are unaware of what energy and emotions their paintings and haunted objects of art produce in others. For they know the intentions they put into it and what emotions they see. For all we know a haunted painting may have paranormal phenomena happen because the ghost that lives in your home are office just doesn't like it. This might explain haunted furniture as well.

I also believe in my research that many of the things artist produce are created to get a reaction by letting someone one into their world visually. and this can and will affect someone's existence and psyche in disturbing degrees depending on the persons life and experiences and what certain things mean to them.

Haunted paintings are sometimes said to move, talk, fall on the floor or bring bad luck. Is this just something that happens because it disturbs someone? Or is it a actual ghostly manifestation occurring.

A Haunted Artist

Edvard Munch was born on Dec. 12, 1863, in Loten, Norway. He grew up in Christiania (now Oslo) and studied art under Christian Krohg, a Norwegian naturalistic painter. Munch's parents, a brother, and a sister died while he was still young, which probably explains the bleakness and pessimism of much of his work. Paintings such as The Sick Child (1886), Vampire (1893-94), and Ashes (1894) show his preoccupation with the darker aspects of life. Munch traveled to Paris in 1885, and his work began to show the influence of French painters--first, the impressionists, and then the postimpressionists--as well as art nouveau design. Like many young artists Munch reacted against conventional behavior, and in 1892 he took part in a controversial exhibit in Berlin. His circle of friends included several writers, one of whom was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Munch designed the sets for several of Ibsen's plays.

Between 1892 and 1908, Munch spent much of his time in Paris and Berlin, where he became known for his prints--etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. After 1910 Munch returned to Norway, where he lived and painted until his death. In his later paintings Munch showed more interest in nature, and his work became more colorful and less pessimistic. Munch died in Ekely, near Oslo, on Jan. 23, 1944. He left many of his works to the city of Oslo, which built a museum in his honor.

The Dead Mother, Edvard Munch.

The Dead Mother
1899-1900 (130 Kb); Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 35 3/8 in; Kunsthalle, Bremen

Many say after seeing his many works at the museum or in print they are haunted by the images. So I guess this in away proves that images bring about strong emotions that mess with peoples heads. And general consensus is his paintings are fine where they are I do not want that image in my home or my life!

A Haunted Painting On Ebay

The Hands Resist Him, better known by the nickname of the eBay Haunted Painting, is a painting by Bill Stoneham which became popular through the internet. In February of 2000, a seller on eBay claimed that the painting was haunted (or cursed). They claimed that the painted characters tended to move at night, occasionally even leaving the painting and entering the room it was displayed in. A disclaimer was added releasing the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased. The painting received 30 bids and sold for $1,025.00.

The Hands Resist Him, Bill Stoneham,.

The artist is Bill Stoneham, the painting title is "Hands Resist Him".
You can visit his web site at Stoneham Studios. www.stonehamstudios.com


Bill tells of how he painted Hands Resist Him in 1972, the boy in the picture being himself, the hands being other lives, the windows/door being a thin veil between waking and dreaming with the small doll like girl being the guide through.

Bill does not know how his painting ended up abandoned as described by the Ebay.com seller, but he does know a gallery owner where the painting was originally displayed and sold at, and a Los Angeles Times critic, who reviewed the show, were both dead within one year of the painting being shown.

THE ORIGINAL EBAY TEXT THAT ACCOMPANIED THE PAINTING

WHEN WE RECEIVED THIS PAINTING, WE THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY GOOD ART. A " PICKER " HAD FOUND IT ABANDONED BEHIND AN OLD BREWERY. 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. NOW, I DON'T BELIEVE IN UFOS OR ELVIS BEING ALIVE, BUT MY HUSBAND WAS ALARMED. TO MY AMUSEMENT HE SET UP A MOTION TRIGGERED CAMERA FOR THE NIGHTS. AFTER THREE NIGHTS THERE WERE PICTURES.THE LAST TWO PICTURES SHOWN ARE FROM THAT 'STAKEOUT'. AFTER SEEING THE BOY SEEMINGLY EXITING THE PAINTING UNDER THREAT, WE DECIDED, THE PAINTING HAS TO GO. PLEASE JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. --- BEFORE YOU DO, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING WARNING AND DISCLAIMER. ----WARNING: DO NOT BID ON THIS PAINTING IF YOU ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESS RELATED DISEASE, FAINT OF HEART OR ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH SUPERNATURAL EVENTS. BY BIDDING ON THIS PAINTING, YOU AGREE TO RELEASE THE OWNERS OF ALL LIABILITY IN RELATION TO THE SALE OR ANY EVENTS HAPPENING AFTER THE SALE, THAT MIGHT BE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS PAINTING. THIS PAINTING MAY OR MAY NOT POSESS SUPERNATURAL POWERS, THAT COULD IMPACT OR CHANGE YOUR LIFE. HOWEVER, BY BIDDING YOU AGREE TO EXCLUSIVELY BID ON THE VALUE OF THE ARTWORK, WITH DISREGARD TO THE LAST TWO PHOTOS FEATURED IN THIS AUCTION, AND HOLD THE OWNERS HARMLESS IN REGARD TO THEM AND THEIR IMPACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.

NOW THAT WE GOT THIS OUT OF THE WAY, ONE QUESTION TO YOU EBAYERS. WE WANT OUR HOUSE TO BE BLESSED AFTER THE PAINTING IS GONE, DOES ANYBODY KNOW, WHO IS QUALIFIED TO DO THAT? THE SIZE OF THE PAINTING IS 24 BY 36 INCHES, SO IT IS RATHER LARGE. AS I HAVE HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS, HERE THE FOLLOWING ANSWERS. THERE WAS NO ODOR LEFT BEHIND IN THE ROOM. THERE WERE NO VOICES, OR THE SMELL OF GUNPOWDER, NO FOODPRINTS OR STRANGE FLUIDS ON THE WALL. TO DETER QUESTIONS IN THIS DIRECTION, THERE ARE NO GHOSTS IN THIS WORLD , NO SUPERNATURAL POWERS, THIS IS JUST A PAINTING, AND MOST THESE THINGS HAVE AN EXPLANATION, IN THIS CASE PROBABLY A FLUKE LIGHT EFFECT. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BID ON THE ARTWORK, AND CONSIDER THE LAST TWO PHOTOGRAPHS AS PURE ENTERTAINMENT, AND PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THEM INTO CONSIDERATION, WHEN BIDDING. AS WE THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO BLESS ANY HOUSE, WE STILL WELCOME INPUT INTO THAT PROCEDURE.

This auction is nearing the end. I want to thank the more than 13000 people that took the time to look at this image on Ebay. I appreciate the more than 30 suggestions, that I received regarding blessing the house, exorcising and cleansing. 7 e-mails reported strange or irregular events taking place, when viewing this image. And I will relay two suggestions made by the senders. First not to use this image as the background on the screen, and second not to display this image around juveniles or children. Last not least, thanks for appreciating the art as well.

According to the artist, the painting was done in 1972 and he used a photo of himself as a child as the model for the little boy. The hands signify other lives and the door signifies the thin veil between dreaming and waking. He states the painting was originally sold to a character actor by the name of John Marley who died in 1984. Further, he has no idea how the painting came to be in an abandoned brewery where the eBay seller claims an art picker found it and then sold it to them.

This painting and story became popular on the internet and was even featured in an Argentinean computer game titled Scratches. One person who saw the story commissioned a sequel to the painting, which Stoneham accepted. The sequel, called Resistance at the Threshold depicts the same characters 40+ years later. A third painting, Guardians seems to depict the character of the doll as she appears in the sequel painting. The three paintings can be seen as a series

Delphine Lalaurie Haunted Portrait Painting

Lalaurie Portrait, Ricardo Pustanio

Delphine Lalaurie's Haunted Portrait By Artist Ricardo Pustanio www.ricardopustanio.com

This commissioned painting of the infamous Madame Delphine Lalaurie was done in 1997 by Mardi Gras Parade artist Ricardo Pustanio. Nothing strange about it in it's creation or reasons for being painted." At the time I used what ever image of her I could fine to do the work from," said Pustanio.

Pustanio was asked to do the work by a resident of the actual Lalaurie Haunted House. The felt they wanted to have her portrait in the apartment as a touch with the buildings past. Besides it would make a great conversation piece.

To say this painting of Lalaurie is haunted is wrong, the actual painting is more like being haunted by unseen hands haunting it. The resident of the apartment use to invite friends over all the time. And would show off his prized work of art. Over time people actually believed it was an original to the house. For Pustanio had antiqued it for his client per their request.

The resident began to hold seances for his friends and even tourist and paranormal investigators who always are trying to get a glimpse inside the haunted mansion. To their astonishment the painting would actually rock on the wall and even fall loose from the wall hitting the floor with a great thud.

In time the resident began to get very frightened because things began happening that just unnerved him. He ended up moving out and giving the painting to another tenant. She in turn hung it in her apartment and immediately was spooked by strange sounds and occurrences that started happening that very day.

The painting actually scared her so much she sought out Pustanio and gave the large painting back to him. She told Pustanio the eyes would follow her and she actually heard it sigh. She also claimed that the painted Lalaurie moved, and changed expression. Every morning, she claimed, the painting was crooked. She would straighten it, and the next time she looked at it, it would be crooked again.

Pustanio said nothing strange ever happened to him nor did he ever have anything occur when it was in his presence. The painting of Delphine Lalaurie is now in a private collection and the new owners refuse to discuss its present whereabouts or of any paranormal things that happen in it presence.

"I've done a lot of things in my life that people say are haunted," says Pustanio. " I personally don't think I am haunted." Nor what I do attracts ghost, or was intended to be haunted" "I just think out right some people connect with artist because we put strong emotions into our works." " And isn't a haunting basically supposed to be just that, strong emotions of the dead manifesting themselves."

Pustanio says, "I design, Voodoo dolls, Voodoo spirit bottles and make them for local Voodooants." " I don't disbelieve they have captured spirits in the bottles or the materials they give me for inclusion in dolls." "They just have never given me the creeps or manifested themselves to me." " Maybe one day I too will have a paranormal experience with something I did then i'll change my mind."

For more about Delphine Lalaurie Haunted Porrtait ghost story visit here.

PART TWO HAUNTED PAINTINGS COMING SOON

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> MORE TO READ HERE<

HAUNTED HOLY PRINTS, POSTER AND STATUES: It's not haunted it's a Miracle!

Stories of bleeding statues ad icons have been around for many centuries. now adays it is not just paintings but actual posters and prints also. We often hear these stories during lent each year and most often how the public reacts. MORE HERE

Many artist love drawing, painting and sculpting the supernatatural. Read about the Haunted Artist Henry Fuseli here!

Also See: Haunted Museum Art Gallery

Can inanimate objects such as paintings be haunted? Strange images appear in haunted paintings, and at other times it is just the feeling that it imparts in us. Some are haunted great works of art, others by something in a painting that bothers them. Can contemporary and those of the old masters be actually haunted? Are is it just imagined?

 

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