Curse of the Crying Boy art print


37 Responses to “Curse of the Crying Boy art print”

  1. Bender says:

    This is obviously a supernatural beings way of ridding the world of people with bad taste.

  2. minTphresh says:

    behold, the power of bad art.

  3. minTphresh says:

    i can’t wait for the Thomas Kincade “the painter of light” pieces to spontaneously combust!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Somebody send this to Karl Pilkington…he’ll bother Ricky and Stephen telling them “See, I was right about those paintings make them houses burn down”

  5. Chevan says:

    Please post pictures of them if you do. I’m really intrigued by your description.

  6. David Pescovitz says:

    It would be fun to have a gallery show of all the variations of the Crying Boy one could find.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hello it is some years later after you had your post up, but I have recently obtained 2 crying children paintings one girl and one boy. I’m so interested in the background of these paintings, but only hear bad things about them. Mine are signed and in very good condition. I cannot tell if they are originals or copies. I want to try to sell them I’m tired of them already. Isn’t there some kind of art gallery that would be interested in these paintings as much as I’am? Please feel freee to reply back.

  7. David Pescovitz says:

    JOHN COULTHART @26, That is an awesome link. Thanks. I’d love prints of all of them hanging in the same room! (With a sprinkler system.) ; )

  8. Nawel says:

    “Correlation DOES NOT EQUAL Causation.”

    EXACTO! Very well said.

    This story has a Latinamerican part.In Chile, where I live, there’s similar tales: the “bewitched” or straight diabolic painting of the crying child. It’s a different picture, tho. (this one, actually!!

    Beside the stories of houses on fire, there was others featuring the painting, a mirror, and candles. Supposedly, you put the painting between the burning candles, in front of the mirror (and I’m not sure if you had to put a plate with water in the middle), all this in the middle of the night, and then… you’ll see the DEVILS FACE in the mirror!!!

    Of course, nobody actually did it…

    The Chilean version of the cursed boy painting apparently came from Spain.The artist (Bruno Amadio, maybe?) supposedly painted the portrait of an orphan child. After he finished and left the town, the orphanage house got on fire and burned to the ground…

  9. Anonymous says:

    This was a great bit on the Ricky Gervais show podcast about this.

    All the houses had sinks! That must be it!

    Correlation DOES NOT EQUAL Causation.

  10. steauengeglase says:

    I enjoyed the story more when it was about bloody Smurf posters.

  11. Keir says:

    clue: “sold in great numbers”

  12. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    That’s what they get for powering the printing machine with an orphan’s heart.

  13. TharkLord says:


    This make perfect sense. Ever since I hung up that “Dogs Playing Poker” painting I haven’t won the lottery.

    Curse those cheating bulldogs!

    The only way to break the spell is to buy 10 more paintings for all my friends.

    No. Wait, I think it means I need to send 10 packages of Amway laundry detergent to different Nigerian addresses in order to save a child with brain cancer. Or something like that. These things get so confusing…

  14. Brett Burton says:

    There are a couple of these on ebay right now for about $300 each. I guess they are good for helping people burn their money.

  15. TraverJ says:

    “Sounds like The Road Virus Heads North” by Stephen King.

  16. Chevan says:

    I’m curious about why they had an unattractive painting of a crying child hanging in their home in the first place.

  17. agoodsandwich says:

    It’s true! My shirt just caught on fire when I read this article!

  18. Santa's Knee says:

    I prefer a sad clown in an iron lung on black velvet, myself…

  19. cal says:

    The Curse of the Kitsch

  20. Saint Splattergut says:

    Thank you for the link, John Coulthart.

    Now I’m reminded of that movie with the evil white haired children, except that they weren’t scary and that kid in the painting was. Wasn’t it based on some Stephen King book?

    Anyway… that painting is the creepiest I’ve ever seen. :D

  21. IWood says:

    So what am I supposed to do with my laughing girl print that keeps bursting into flames, while everything around it remains unscorched?

  22. eustace says:

    Aaaargh! My hard drive caught fire, and the only file I could recover was cryingboy.jpg.

  23. markfrei says:

    What do Keane paintings do? Surely they must have powers.

  24. Michael says:

    Is your scan, displayed on my laptop, a print? Thanks a lot, BoingBoing!

  25. Keith says:


    Dear god. I’ll never sleep again after seeing that last pic.

  26. laureltree says:

    I have to get one of those

    or better yet, paint my own cheesy child in distress and make prints, then arson every house who bought from me.

    wow, that’s a quick way to be a famous…

  27. Anonymous says:

    i have two paintings by Bragolin that no one likes so have taken them down!!!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Did they possibly think asbestos or some other flame retardant/resistant material. Mass produced in teh 60s and 70, sounds like asbestos to me!

  29. BadKittyM says:

    Kinkade paintings drain away your soul and replace it with an Original Thought zapper. They also make you fat, and begin to favor polyester knit pants.

  30. John Coulthart says:

    This page is a must:

    …especially the very last picture.

  31. Philbert says:

    You do realize that Boing Boing is doomed now?

  32. ninjasuperspy says:

    I was wandering around a junk store one time and found a display of horrible art. In next to the 4ft x 5ft painting of Sherman burning Misc Southern Town and lamps made out of artillery shells there was a series of oil paintings that must have been way more cursed than that crying boy painting. They depicted (in portrait form) animal headed children sitting down to dinner. The paintings were highly bizarre in that they weren’t cartoony in the slightest. Incredibly realistic kid torso (dressed in frock coat) holding knife and fork in front of an empty plate, but projecting from its shoulders was an anatomically correct rabbit head.


    I should go back there and pick those up.

  33. mdhatter says:

    all were examples of cheap, mass-produced prints sold in great numbers by English department stores during the 1960s and 70s.

    … to people who consider wiring a hobby and/or have luck worse than their taste.

  34. zikman says:

    oh shit, my mom has one of those. I remember it as a kid. she said she got it from germany when she used to live there.
    I wonder if it’s still around the house somewhere.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I have a crying girl oil painting signed. I inherited it from an Aunt from Germany.

  36. archangelsk says:

    There’s a Gogol short story with a similar theme. I’m drawing a blank on the name but it was a portrait of a banker who jumped out of his frame late at night to count his gold.

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