5 most famous scary paintings in the world

It is well known that the contemplation of paintings of great artists inspires people, encultures them. That’s what the art is aimed at. Still, there are a number of pictures that are really scary. Those who look at these pictures for a long time feel bad. There are even legends about various troubles that chase the owners of ‘scary’ pictures. These paintings have a bad reputation, because they don’t evoke aesthetic pleasure, but nevertheless, they are still popular. Let’s get familiar with some of the most famous ‘scary’ paintings.

The Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham – this picture is recognized as one of the most scary paintings in the world. It is painted by Bill Stoneham, an artist from Oakland, California, in 1972. The painting shows two children standing at the closed glass door. Apparently, they are a brother and a sister. Lots of hands are trying to get out of the door, only fragile glass is holding them back. No one who has ever looked at the children’s faces can remain indifferent. After seeing this picture, people complained of feeling sick, suffering from heart attacks and fainting. The painting abounds in legends as if children at the picture move in the night and even fight.

The Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham

The Hands Resist Him by Bill Stoneham

The Crying Boy by Bruno Amadio – the painting shows a small upset boy with tears flowing down his cheeks. The artist so really portrayed the boy’s grief on his face, that no one can look at him without being upset. Children even start crying. This picture is also surrounded by scary legends about death and fire. This picture was even declared cursed, because it was believed that it continued to cause fires in those buildings where it was displayed.

The Crying Boy by Bruno Amadio

The Crying Boy by Bruno Amadio

Salvador Dali’s ‘Premonition of Civil War’ is a famous painting, one of the most exciting and terrifying pictures in the world. The painting shows in close up two fighting mutant monsters consisting of pieces of human bodies. They are locked in a terrible battle, face of one of them is distorted by pain, they look like a body that is torn by itself. It feels fearful and disgusting. You can’t stay indifferent or remain the same after casting a look at the painting. It leaves a trace, an imprint in the human’s soul, being caused by the intensity of human emotions. And the peaceful background of the picture only intensifies the emotional contrast of the painting.

Salvador Dali's 'Premonition of Civil War'

Salvador Dali’s ‘Premonition of Civil War’

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ – this picture also has a bad repute. Rumors say that people felt sick, fell into a severe depression and died under the influence of this picture. It brings bad luck to those who dropped or touched it. The painting shows a man standing on the bridge: a dark figure, full of despair, against the blood-red sky. Or it’s not a man but rather death in the human form: a bare pate, wide open eyes and mouth, a black shroud. The scream as if runs through the nature around, and the frozen in terror figure is trying to protect himself from it. Mad suffering is passed on to anyone who stares at the picture.

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Painting by Francis Bacon – Bacon’s paintings are sold at auctions for a fortune. At first glance, his paintings don’t seem terrifying, but if you take a second look, you’ll get a desire to shrink and hide somewhere. The artist seemed to ‘blow mind’ with his art. Bacon’s painting conveys the tragedy of existence. The artist uses his brush to turn people into ugly creatures – chopped monsters. His painting is near the fault line, it bids defiance to the nature and all living things.

Painting by Francis Bacon

Painting by Francis Bacon

It is difficult to understand why such scary pictures become very popular and famous, why they cost a fortune, and in spite of the adversities they are thought to bring, people are interested in them and even buy them. Maybe these pictures are popular precisely because they cause a strong emotional response. They seem to enter into a dialogue with you, challenge you, don’t make you relax or remain indifferent.

However, when a person is learning to paint, his goal is most of all to join the beautiful and learn how to create something beautiful. These drawing lessons are not possible to set up contemplating ‘scary’ or ‘mystical’ paintings. If you’d like to look at 5 most famous paintings in the world, read on the previous post.


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  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 08:41 | Permalink


    • Trudy
      Posted March 28, 2013 at 03:30 | Permalink


      • Anonymous
        Posted March 28, 2013 at 11:38 | Permalink


    • Anonymous
      Posted March 31, 2013 at 18:54 | Permalink

      They weren’t scary at all!

  2. 23guineapigln
    Posted March 27, 2013 at 01:05 | Permalink


  3. Posted March 27, 2013 at 03:29 | Permalink

    The last one was superiouly scary…

  4. Posted March 27, 2013 at 03:30 | Permalink

    Creepy … very creepy

    • Justice
      Posted March 28, 2013 at 06:30 | Permalink

      Yeah ok

  5. Amy
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 03:29 | Permalink

    Super scary………….. :/

  6. Justice
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 06:29 | Permalink

    So this is what I see boring NOT what I thought it would be like

    • anonymous
      Posted March 30, 2013 at 22:46 | Permalink

      I agree I expested more

  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 07:42 | Permalink

    They r not scary at all may b sad but not scary

    • Anonymous
      Posted March 31, 2013 at 18:55 | Permalink

      Same scary!

    • Bryony race
      Posted April 1, 2013 at 11:32 | Permalink

      They r not scary

  8. lulu
    Posted March 28, 2013 at 19:54 | Permalink

    cool and nice pictures

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    Posted March 29, 2013 at 02:57 | Permalink


  10. T
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 06:43 | Permalink


  11. Anonymous
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 06:44 | Permalink


  12. Kol
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:23 | Permalink

    Nor scary