The Curse of ‘The Crying Boy’ Painting. Fact or Fiction?

Do you believe in the supernatural? Tales of curses and hexes that capture the imagination are nothing new but the ‘Curse of The Crying Boy’ is a relatively new one that has proved somewhat enduring in recent years.

The ‘Curse of the Crying Boy’ painting goes back to the mid-’80s when a tabloid newspaper covered the terrible story of a ‘chip pan fire’ that destroyed a Rotherham family’s home. Whilst everything was destroyed in the house only one thing remained and that was the painting of the ‘Crying Boy’ and thus was born the ‘Blazing Curse of The Crying Boy’. It seems this sparked 100’s of stories across the land of families that had similar experiences fuelled by firefighters corroborating the story.  Was this more than just a coincidence?

The series of paintings were completed by an artist called Giovanni Bragolin in the 1950s. They became popular in UK households during the late 1960s and 1970s with some 50,000 prints being sold. (Let us know if you had one in the comments below.)

The back story is something of legend. Was the little boy a Gypsy boy that had bought a curse down upon the artist and painting for making him sad? Or was the little boy a war orphan from a local Spanish orphanage that subsequently burned down? the paranormal theories are rife.

What is true that the series of paintings, totalling approx 60 variations, managed to encapture hearts and souls across the UK right up until the late 1980s. Did you ever own one? Let us know in the comments below.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Punt took on the challenge in ‘Punt Private Investigator’ for BBC Radio 4 to disprove the grisly legend with mystifying results…..

Whilst the tabloids ran several stories of firefighters recounting their experiences of the strange ‘Crying Boy’ paintings the official line is that house fires are almost always caused by human intervention or faulty electrics and that all of them will have a logical and rational explanation.

What do you think? Do you have any unexplained stories? Would you have one of these in your home?

Useful websites –

How Can I Prevent A House Fire? 

Make Your Home Safe From Fire 

Book A Home Fire Safety Test



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