July 13, 2002
Crying Boy Fanclub

I can't believe it. There is a whole site dedicated to the "Crying Boy" by J. Bragolin. Unfortunately it is Dutch only.

A while ago I found this set of prints on the fleemarket and decided to collect this stuff. Now these guys from the Netherlands seem to be really into it. They are trying to collect at least 1000 of these pictures to make a huge exibition and make it into the Guiness Book of Records. And it seems there will be a documentary, too.

Posted at July 13, 2002 12:10 AM | Further reading

Dear Mario
Thanks for getting our site under attention!
kind greetings
Michiel Keller (founder crying boy fanclub, 5 years ago)
The netherlands

ps soon the info will be available in 6 languages (also english)

How much portraits do you have?

Posted by: michiel keller on September 7, 2002 06:10 PM

I own 3 prints (looks like were sold by Woolworth, price tag on the back says DM 5.95) and a very special one which is a "desecrated" piece by artist Laura Kikauka where the eyes have been replaced by LEDs and there are tears made out of glue all over it.

Posted by: coma2mario on September 7, 2002 06:27 PM

I`ve got 12 different prints. But I`ve seen some pictures on theese pages which I don`t have seen before.... Does anyone know how many different pictures excisting???

Posted by: Svend on January 3, 2003 02:21 PM

have lithograph of gypsy crying boy by j bragolin. any info please.

Posted by: jeannie on June 3, 2003 10:08 AM


Posted by: BROOKE on October 16, 2003 01:44 AM

Here's a group where different works by Bragolin
are showed. Please become a member and post us your pics & facts.

Posted by: Mathieu on November 3, 2003 11:50 AM

URL : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bragolin

Posted by: Mathieu on November 3, 2003 11:51 AM

wud like to now quotation of bragolins' paint of cr


Posted by: PAOLO on December 3, 2003 04:50 PM


i'm very interested in the pictures of bragolin and i hope that someone have got some informations about him and his picture.
i wanna know, if the cure about the fires 18 years ago are right or wrong...
i'm very thankful for every information...

Posted by: sarah on January 28, 2004 10:19 PM

I have 2 different prints of crying children by Bragolin. The spook my children and I am looking to get rid of them. I can provide pictures. My email is k4mommy@yahoo.com please contact me if you are interested in purchasing them.

Posted by: Katherine on February 23, 2004 04:15 PM

i'd like to view more of j bragolin's paintings particularly with the theme of the crying boy or girl ..i only have the crying boy

Posted by: zhoward on March 9, 2004 11:45 AM

i have just bought a crying boy, called 'Toby' from a carboot sale for £1. It is a good print (says 'Boots' on the back) and the first time i have stumbled across Bragolin. Couldn't resist Toby as he haunted me up past a further three car boot stands and had to go back for him!
Any more info you have about the artist and other prints would be great, and did i get a good deal?

Posted by: n.black on April 12, 2004 04:33 PM

I've started to collect pictures of the crying boy, because I love them... the're beautifull. But:
Did you already discovered this SPOOKY story on the internet?! go and check this out: http://www.ghoststudy.com/monthly/jun03/tears.html

Haunted "Crying boy" painting!
This mystery is of particular interest to me, because when I was much younger, my parents actually had a copy of one of these paintings in our house, hanging half way up the stairs on the wall. Here's the story about the painting and it's numerous prints:

From around 1985 onwards, a series of mysterious house fires were brought to the attention of the general public, following the discovery that in each case, the buildings and all their contents were completely destroyed apart from a painting - the "Crying Boy", which remained unscathed. In the years that followed, some 40-50 cases were recorded in which a house fire had destroyed everything except for the picture. It became known as the "Curse of the Crying Boy", and even made headline news at one point. The picture itself was a portrait painted by a Spanish artist of an orphan. It is said that his studio burnt to the ground, and the boy was later killed in a car crash. The picture is one of the first to be mass produced in the UK, there are several thousand of them in circulation, but the curse still appears to apply to all the copies. It is said that the curse will only effect someone if the owner of the painting becomes aware of it. Some psychics have claimed that the painting is Haunted by the spirit of the boy it depicts.

We must have had that painting in our house for 15+ years, and although it never set fire to anything, I never used to like it. It's not a particularly pleasant picture in any case, and it always used to give me the creeps. Fortunately it's long gone, but I can't help wondering who's got it now. One thing's for certain, there's no way I'd ever put that picture up in my house again."

Posted by: Patricia on June 27, 2004 06:50 PM

Patricia, of course I know about these stories. But being a notorious sceptic I'm not buying into "curses" or "haunted mass market prints". As the newspaper writes: these paintings are mass produced, which means that at that time if you had checked 10 households, you would probably have found a crying boy print in at least one of them. Just ask yourself: how many of the people you know own such a painting?

On the other hand the probability that there is a house on fire is diminishingly low. Now put these two figures together and you get a good chance that in a burning house there's a crying boy painting. As well as a refrigerator, a sofa and a tv. And I haven't yet heard about a "curse of the evil tv", even though tv sets are probably found in most burning houses and some of them were even the cause for the fire.

And the myth about the print being the only undestroyed piece left - well how may I picture this? There's a huge pile of smoking rubble and on top sits the print? What about the water that was used to extinguish the fire? But even IF it was the only piece left, how about this explanation: many of these paintings were hung just above the mantelpiece, which means right on the chimney. Usually a chimney's purpose is to withstand fire. and you also do not place inflammable stuff like curtains or furniture near the chimney, so chances are good that the flames did not get close enough to the painting. On top of that these cheap prints where usually mounted on a material which doesn't burn too well.

The third point is newspaper articles themselves. Have you ever personally witnessed a situtation and read about it next day in the newspaper? Or even better: did a newspaper ever write about you? From my personal experience I can say: journalists get at least two or three facts wrong in EVERY article. And I'm not talking about tabloids here, which make up their own truth if it serves the story.

Well, here is some food for thought for those people who love to believe in the curse: why should the curse only be limited to the prints? I mean it seems to be a very powerful curse after all, having survived the digitizing process that was necessary to create the mass-produced prints. So couldn't it hide between the very pixels you see right now on your screen? Couldn't it be dangerous to have a JPEG of a crying boy on your harddrive? Be careful, because after you have visited this page there will be a copy the painting in your cache. Or wait: perhaps it transformed into the digital form of fire: a virus. Maybe one day we will find an infected computer out there and the only file left on C:\ is the JPEG of the crying boy. Wouldn't that be a nice story? I'm sure the first person that comes up with this can make a living from it by travelling from talkshow to talkshow.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on June 27, 2004 07:42 PM

plz any one with some imformatoin about this painting (the crying boy) plz email me because im woundering if these certain paintings have curses attached with them

Posted by: aron on July 29, 2004 02:36 PM

I have one the crying boy painting, I don't know that is the original or print. How can I tell of what I have is real. I bought in Germany in 1975.

Posted by: Logova McKenzie on August 24, 2004 05:32 PM

How can I tell who painted the crying boy painting that I have. I don't see a signature anywhere. I would like to have the whole collections, prints or the real painting.

Posted by: Logova McKenzie on August 24, 2004 10:18 PM

I own a oil painting of crying boy & crying girl, boy painting is autographed by J Bragolin. The boy is dressed in red shirt and black jacket. The girl is wearing a blue blouse and dark jumper.I do not believe in the curse. If anything I am in complete awe of their beauty.

Posted by: mary kramer on September 14, 2004 02:18 AM

Hi Im from Brazil and these painting are well know here. Sorry my poor english since it isn't my mother language. Im not a superstition person i'm a very rational and try to always find reason in things. The author is Giovanni Bragolin and feelings of terror and illness are always associated with his paintings. The author painted 28 comfirmed paintings of various children crying, those paintings were very famous here in Brazil in mid 80's. These paintings, after some closer investigation, show some really nasty and horrendous scenes. I've seem all the 28 and i can assure you all of those paitings are representing DEAD children. These painting are filled with "subliminares" (don't know how to tranlaste it into english) evil messages. For example in the photo above the right face and left torso of the child are severely burned with even some bones showing off in his shoulder, you can clearly see his ribs beneath his shirt. The pupils are dilated, despite the fact of light in every painting. Another clue the children are dead alredy. Every painting has those terrible subte messages EVERYWHERE.
Bruno Amandi, author real name, regreted his actions and in late 80's he appeared in the biggest TV channel here in Brazil, Rede Globo, and told to everyone who have copies or originals to destroy them, because he made a evil pact to sell his paintings.
People say those paintings bring extremelly miss fortune and disgrace to the owners. I really don't believe the story about curse or anything. But the fact is: These are paintings of dead children with a lot of satanistic reference. A kind of paiting that i surely don't want in my house.

Posted by: Rodrigo on December 12, 2004 06:49 PM

I have two original oil on board paintings (1 boy and 1 girl), THESE ARE ORIGINALS.
If anybody is interested in these items, please email.

Posted by: Janet on January 20, 2005 06:41 PM

my mum had a cring boy painting when i was younger i was scared of it and she had to get rid of it ,i wouldnt stay in the room alone with it ,i cant find it on the net though but the others are scary too i dont see why anyone would want them in there home,im not sure about the curse but they make me feel uncomfortable

Posted by: claire on March 19, 2005 05:49 PM


If anyone is interested, I have the Crying Boy and the Crying Girl by Bragolin and want to sell them both. Any offers, mail me ???


Posted by: Preggy on April 18, 2005 06:00 PM

I came across this website while researching the crying boy paintings. My parents have an oil painting of the boy crying which has the j.Bragolin signature. It is one of the paintings pictured on the dutch website and is in the same frame pictured there. I would love to hear any info on this please.

Posted by: stephanie on April 25, 2005 06:12 PM

I have been trying to research an old painting I
have gotten since my mother passed away.
The painting is called "Bambino" by J. Bragolin. My
mother brought this across from Ireland when she
immigrated here. Seems I cannot find any info on
this particular painting, anything would be great to

Posted by: John on April 28, 2005 09:00 PM

im not sure if you can help me but my mum just got two paintings that you guys describe one is singed by the atist j bragolin could this be a real or a copy could you let me know
the site is good to read im printing some of the stories for her
with thanks

Posted by: mark on June 26, 2005 06:42 AM

my mam gt a pic of a crying girl but im not sure if it is an original 1 because it has no signiture or anything

Posted by: claire mcguire on September 5, 2005 06:37 PM

i have a crying boy "portuguese" the signiture is J.Bragolin.
want to sell , Any offers, mail me ???

Posted by: buja on September 6, 2005 07:56 PM

i have a crying boy "portuguese" the signature is J.Bragolin.
I want to sell it...If there is any offers, mail me...

Posted by: miguel on September 23, 2005 07:49 PM

I am looking for the painting of the crying boyso please e-mail me pleae

Posted by: Nicole on September 27, 2005 02:15 AM

i have just come across two of the crying boy pictures in my loft BY J BROGOLIN and both are have signature, unaware to me there was a "curse" on the pictures, Good job one of me mates had popped round at the time i was moving stuff around. The next day my mate sent me all these different wedsites on the pictures, Well all i can say is that the pictures have been up in the loft for "OVER" 20 years and no fire has broke out yet ( touch wood ) lol.

The two picture i have are both on the website from the guy in the netherlands

1st ones in the 1st row 3rd one along
2nd ones in the 2nd row 4th one along

My mate thinks there "cursed" and scary looking and wouldnt even touch them and worth a pretty penny,

Anyone that has more information on these paints please get intouch by E-mail

Posted by: Gareth on December 12, 2005 07:53 PM

i became very interested in the crying boys paintings since 2002 when I found one version of the legend in the Internet. It is absurd, since NOBODY records of the horrible news, but at least, interesting.
It says Bragolin was an anguished and unhappy artist who could never sell any painting, so he made a pact with the devil for fame and fortune. these paintings brought ilness to the houses of the owners, such as stomach haches, depression, and so on.
he sacrificed the children in macabre rituals and painted them dead.
he repented and went to a famoust TV show, the one with more audience, and asked everyone to get rid of the paintings. It could not be burnt, because it would free the evil spirit that lived inside it. If it'd be threw away, some days after it would go back mysteriously at the owner's house. you had to trew it in a river thar flows to the South and go away without turning back. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any real info about the artist, only legends. I would want to know WHY did he painted crying children in a so lugubrious, greysh, dark, opressive way. he must have some problem, as some ilness, or death sentence. Most paintings really remember sickness, loneliness and death, so I'm collecting eletronic photographs, I wouldn't have any of them hanging in my walls "staring" at me, like saying HELP and I can't do nothing.
I was getting a look in the art of people that suffered from something, like Frida Kahlo, and I always remembered the crying boys.

Posted by: NightChild on December 17, 2005 02:33 AM

real painting of crying boy if u r interested contact me on lycan1001@yahoo.com

Posted by: livio on January 23, 2006 10:36 PM
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