Crying boy and girl painting curse
I think everyone had seen this strange painting at least once in their live. The famous painting of The Crying Boy. Turns out, this painting holds more obscure stories then you would think…. It was widely distributed from the s onwards.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Punt PI tries to burn 'cursed' Crying Boy painting (BBC Radio 4)
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Among popular items were the Chinese Lady who for some strange reason had green skin , a naked woman in a forest, and the Crying Boy. The latter of these was a print of a painting of a little urchin boy in ragged clothes, with a sad look, big eyes and tears running down his face. Why anyone would actually want such an object on their walls is beyond me. Being a rational man, Alan Wilkinson had put each and every fire down to human carelessness and did not offer any opinion on how the prints survived.
It was not however until a media story in appeared in that it became legend. The story ran that the cottage of Ron and May Hall in Rotherham had been gutted by a chip pan fire. The house was apparently utterly destroyed, yet their print of the crying boy was hanging on the wall, completely unscathed.
The couple blamed the blaze upon the print, claiming that it was cursed. Alan Wilkinson, or any other fire officer for that matter, had never claimed the prints were cursed.
But then, far be it from The Sun or Kelvin Mackenzie to let facts get in the way of a good story. Enter our old friend mass hysteria. On 5 September The Sun ran a follow up story claiming they had been inundated with phone calls from people claiming they too had experienced fires where crying boy paintings had survived, while others who had copies of such prints were now afraid their homes may be cursed.
Stories and claims poured in of houses being gutted by fire with crying boy prints surviving. One woman claimed to have tried to destroy her print on a bonfire, and it simply would not catch. This was followed up by security guard Paul Collier who claimed he threw his two prints onto a fire and found that they were not even scorched after an hour.
The hysteria continued up and down the country, with stories of fires and wild claims of supernatural happenings in houses with crying boy prints. Some of the paintings came from a series entitled Childhood by the Scottish artist Anna Zinkeisen, who had died in And not all of the stories surrounded crying boys.
There were crying girl prints as well as some of girls holding posies of flowers. Despite South Yorkshire Fire Brigade issuing a statement to the effect that the blaze had started due to an electric fire being left too close to bedding and any connection to the painting was purely coincidental, public fears would not be allayed, particularly after a fire in an Italian restaurant in which another crying boy print apparently survived.
It was then that Kelvin Mackenzie took a decision that, while it made good copy, he must at least for a while regretted. It could not have been more successful — the prints soon were all over the offices of The Sun, stacked in a 12 foot high pile, inside and on top of cupboards and filling an interview room.
In the end Kelvin Mackenzie and his staff were left with in excess of crying boy prints to dispose of. Apart from the dangers involved in such a foolhardy stunt, who could blame them? Due to the sensationalism of The Sun fire brigades the length and breadth of the UK had been called out on false calls by more gullible crying boy print owners, afraid the prints were going cause their homes to burn down at any second. Never daunted and always one for effect, Mackenzie organised a mass burning of the prints on a piece of waste ground on 31 October — Halloween.
Accompanied by Sun Page 3 girl Jane Moore, the prints were driven out to the site near Reading, doused with an accelerant and set alight. Oh, strangely enough — not one survived. The Sun claimed that the Halloween burning had broken the curse and, naturally enough, the calls and letters quickly subsided.
The story however did not die there. The Curse of the Crying Boy continued on, having become an urban legend to some extent. From the mids onwards there have been stories of people claiming that a friend of a friend of a friend of a third-cousin-twice-removed had a fire in which there house was destroyed and their crying boy print survived.
Other claims included bizarre paranormal events allegedly taking place in houses with crying boy prints. They went to Wigan in Lancashire where a crying boy print had survived a blaze in a roadside cafe. Needless to say, the print simply would not burn. Despite being doused with petrol, it took three attempts for it to ignite. In that article David went at lengths to dispel any myths about any crying boy curse, but far from the story lying down, it just seemed to fan the flames, as it were.
Soon the letters pages and the internet were full of Crying Boy fires, paranormal activities and even wild claims about the source of the curse. Needless to say all of these claims are pure conjecture, without one shred of evidence or any basis in fact. In fact, there is no proof there ever was a crying boy model.
Various theories abound but most of these come from the annals of the paranormal, are obscure, and not at all convincing. Besides, given the works of Anna Zinkeisen, we are not just looking for one crying boy but at least six, as well as crying girls and girls carrying posies of flowers.
The original artists may well have drawn the children from their own memory, or more likely from imagination, particularly if they were contracted to produce kitsch for department stores. And still it continued, through the 90s, into the noughties and up to the present day. In a terrible article, Punt related how he had taken a crying boy print to the Building Research Establishment BRE near Watford, where it had been subjected to a naked flame.
This was filmed and the flames, two foot high at times, scorched one side of the print but it did not ignite and the fire petered out without damaging it. The painting falls face-down, giving it protection from smoke and heat. What however of those where owners maintain that their premises were gutted, and the print was still hanging on the wall? Besides, in the controlled fire at BRE, one theory put forward is that the prints may well be covered with a fire-retardant coating.
I have always been of the mind that the crying boy prints have been coated in some way which makes them flame-retardant, and the filmed burnings on both Scream Team and at BRE would seem to confirm that. To that we can add the actual statement which South Yorkshire Fire Brigade released to ally fears in Add the two, high density hardboard back and flame-retardant coated front, and you have one print that is going to be particularly difficult to burn.
Despite all explanations, stories of the Curse of the Crying Boy continue, and no doubt shall do for a long time to come. Have you heard or experienced a fire or unexplained occurance concerning a Crying Boy print?
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The Curse Of The ‘Crying Boy Painting’ That Haunted People During the 80s and Killed Many
Can a painting be haunted by the spirit of a small boy? Can its evil powers cause houses to burn down around it? But back in the s, a huge number of Brits believed it.
If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page. There are numerous alternative versions, but all depict a sad and crying child. In , several suspicious house fires in England were investigated, and at each site everything had been destroyed except for a painting titled "The Crying Boy. Over the next few months, The Sun and other tabloids ran several more articles.
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Art is usually supposed to brighten the life of those who gaze upon it. But in the case of these haunted paintings, art has seriously messed up some futures. These supposedly haunted paintings have been blamed for everything from uncomfortable environments to mass arson. The haunted history of the painting dates back to , when it was purchased from an art gallery. Ten years later, the owner of the gallery, the person who bought the painting, and an art critic who had written about it were all dead. The painting eventually resurfaced on eBay, where its terrified seller claimed the figures in the artwork came to life at night. Some claim that merely viewing the painting causes blackouts and physical illness.
The Curse of the Crying Boy
Painting of crying girl by Giovanni Bragolin. It is also believed that there is a jinx related to this painting. According to an urban legend , the artist fled to Spain after the orphanage he painted was gutted in a mysterious fire. He worked in a post-second world war Venice and used to churn out paintings of crying boys for the tourists there. Amadio, under the name of Giovanni, painted as many as 65 children, boys with teary eyes, looking straight.
Giovanni Bragolin , real name Bruno Amadio, was born in Venice. As a young boy he became interested in art and started to study in the art academie of his hometown. He didn't finish his formation and started a career on his own. He became a follower of "the classics" and painted mainly in a rustic and realistic style.
It was widely distributed from the s onwards. There are numerous alternative versions, all portraits of tearful young boys or girls. In addition to being widely known, certain urban legend attribute a "curse" to the painting.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: The Crying Boy Painting.....
Ancient curses invoked by tomb-raiders have remained a popular theme in fiction and folklore for centuries. However, belief in cursed objects is not confined to legends surrounding Egyptian relics, or to the subjects of the M. James stories. In the modern world there are many who believe they have personally experienced uncanny phenomena as a result of contact with a cursed artefact. Portraits or human likenesses, whether carved or painted, are frequently the focus of this type of legend.
The Curse of the Crying Boy Painting
Fact or Fiction? You decide! RSS Feed. Find me here:. In England, , a series of bizarre fires broke out, destroying many homes and businesses. Bruno Amadio, an academically trained painter, was working as a painting restorer in Venice, when he created his series that became known as 'Crying Boys'.
Massimo Polidoro Curse That Painting! Notes on a strange world Skeptikal Inquirer , vol. Paranormal legends about paintings have always existed. Some think that a picture falling off the wall represents a bad omen for the person depicted or photographed in it.
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English tabloid The Sun ran an article about a Rotherham house fire caused by a frypan. The painting was signed by G. The curse was gender-neutral: some of the paintings featured crying girls. Rotherham fire station officer Alan Wilkinson claimed that he had personally logged 50 incidents of Crying Boys unharmed in otherwise disastrous fires.
A writer from the north of England, Ann enjoys writing about the unexplained and the paranormal, as well as historical crimes and mysteries. The painting was a cheap print of a well-known piece, and was hung on the living room wall of her small terraced house. The reason I was so fascinated was that the picture depicted a child. The boy was a similar age to me and for some reason looked sad and downcast, tears brimming from his troubled eyes. I was so attached to the painting I even gave the sad child a name.