Paranormal Path

February 1st, 2011

Haunted Works of art

Have you ever seen a painting that just gave you an uneasy feeling, or perhaps felt the eyes of a portrait following you?  Is it possible that a simple work of art could be haunted?  is made to stir emotion.  Some images stay with us or remind us of evil or darkness.  Simple images can “haunt” a person’s mind, but can something within the painting itself be paranormal?  An artist will put much of them self into a painting and at times can capture the essence of another in a portrait, but can this act stir up more than just hidden emotions?  Here are some example of art pieces believed to have a supernatural touch to them.

Madame Delphine Lalaurie; A New Orleans Mardi Gras painter named  Ricardo Pustanio, was asked by a resident of the Lalaurie home to paint a portrait of the former socialite.  She became infamous during the 1830’s not only for her high stature in social circles but also because of her involvement with the torture of slaves.  The painting was done in 2003 using whatever images the painter could find. The resident hung the painting and was pleased by the response visitors would give, some even assuming the painting was an original part of the home that was believed to be haunted.  Séances were held as well for tourists and paranormal researchers and they would watch in astonishment as the painting would rock or fall from the wall.  Soon the resident claimed frightening things were happening due to this painting so he gave it to another tenant.  Soon the new owner of the painting returned it to the artist.  She claimed the eyes would follow her, the expression would change, and that she heard it sigh. The painting is now with a private collection and it is unknown if the new owners have experienced anything that was described by the first two.

The Crying Boy; In the early 1980’s the British tabloid The Sun released a story of several house fires occurring in a short period of time.  There was one strange thing these homes had in common, each contained a painting of a young boy shedding a tear and these paintings were always untouched by the flames.  Once the story was published there were several calls from people who owned the print stating that they too had suffered fires.  Several weeks later the paper offered everyone to send in their copies of The Crying Boy to be destroyed and end the “curse”.  One woman claimed to try and set fires to 2 copies of the painting but to her horror they would not burn.  The origin behind the painting is just as mysterious. Some theories are that the boy was an orphan whose parents died in a fire; another is of the painter taking in the young boy only to have his studio burn.  There have also been psychics who have studied the painting and reported the child is stuck inside the print.  There are several variations of this painting; the boy’s age and clothing slightly differ.  There have been reports as recent as early 2000 of fires occurring with this painting in the home, some are still dismissing the story as nothing more than an urban legend.

Pogo The Clown; John Gacy was executed in 1994 for several murders, yet his alter ego is still causing trauma.  Gacy once performed as Pogo the clown at children’s parties.  As an artist he would often paint images of Pogo. These paintings became very sought after.  Soon the people who possessed these works of art would only want to get rid of them, due to tragic events occurring.  These events would range from what seemed like a streak of bad luck, to more serious events such as car crashes and suicides.

So is it possible that such things actually exist?  Can the soul of another be caught in a painting? True art comes from within, and it may be very possible to have that connection between our planes of existence and beyond caught on canvas.  The next time a painting gives you the creeps, try researching the artist and the subject.  There are quite a few pieces of art out there that carry more of a supernatural quality than one may think.


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