"The Anguished Man" VS. "The Scream" is there any connection?

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"The Anguished Man" VS. "The Scream" is there any connection?
--I found this article on FASO and thought in view of the month of Halloween, it would be a FAB share for Kabinett Members as it also parallels another work that is noteworthy called "The Scream" so enjoy the read...--RLouisell The Art Edge with Brian Sherwin The Anguished Man: A paranormal painting? by Brian Sherwin on 10/21/2013 3:57:13 AM5 Source: "The Art Edge" by Brian Sherwin. This article is by Brian Sherwin. Brian Sherwin is an art critic, blogger, curator, artist and writer based near Chicago, Illinois. Sherwin is the Editor of The Art Edge. His articles are featured on the FineArtViews newsletter Sean Robinson took this photograph of The Anguished Man painting. He believes that it is a haunted painting. The artist has yet to be identified. I promised that I would share some art related stories that are perfect for Halloween.. so here we go. When art is discussed we often hear or read statements about the passion that went into the work, the spiritual side of art making, or how artwork reflects the soul of the creator behind it. Various descriptions of the 'energy' between artists and their work are common in various forms of art writing... that goes 10 fold for artist statements. With all of this in mind, is it far-fetched to suggest that perhaps a work of art can be something more than an idea expressed with a medium -- could a specific work of art truly become a conduit of energy... revealing aspects of the beyond? I know Sean Robinson's answer to this question. Sean Robinson inherited a painting from his grandmother. The painting, titled The Anguished Man, had been stored in his grandmother's attic for over 25 years. On face value the painting was an unwanted gift that his grandmother had received from a friend. Yet his grandmother had insisted that the painting was evil. She felt it was best to keep the painting locked in storage. Nevertheless, Sean, doubting supernatural / paranormal activity, claimed the painting shortly after his grandmother's death. Sean viewed the painting as an oddity -- a mere conversation piece. It is easy to see why Sean viewed the painting as a curiosity. His grandmother had told him stories about the painting when he was younger. She recalled that the artist had committed suicide after the painting was completed. She noted that the artist had mixed his own blood in the oil paint. Additionally, she told Sean about her sighting of a dark ghostly figure in the house -- and claimed that the painting was the source of strange noises... such as the sound of a man crying. The painting was clearly more than just a 'conversation piece' in her opinion. A 'conversation' from beyond started shortly after Sean Robinson brought The Anguished Man into his home. Sean and his wife started to see a dark figure of a man within their home. Sighting of the entity progressed in addition to the sound of a man crying and other strange noises. Needless to say, Sean Robinson -- who once doubted stories about supernatural and paranormal activity -- now believes the information provided by his grandmother. He is convinced that the painting is haunted by an evil entity. Concerning the alleged haunting, Sean Robinson has stated, "We have heard crying coming from the corner of our bedroom. We started seeing the dark figure standing at the bottom of the bed, just apparently staring at us. It seems to be a middle aged man but his features are not very clear.". His wife was so frightened that she refused to stay under the same roof as the painting. The Anguished Man has been studied by a number of paranormal investigators -- including Ian Lawman and John Blackburn of Mysteria Paranormal. According to Sean, Mysteria Paranormal has visited some of the most documented allegedly haunted locations in the UK with the painting in hand. Sean Robinson's account of one event that occurred on this ghostly tour is documented by Stephen Wagner on Paranormal Phenomena: "It was on the evening of 18 May 2013 at Chillingham Castle that a group of people experienced events that were both terrifying and unexplained. None of the guests were prepared for what was about to happen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The room went icy cold when a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle. A large wooden bench banged on the floor of its own accord in response to John Blackburn's questions to the painting, then suddenly the bench was flipped upside-down violently by what was believed to be John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle's resident powerful spirits, who we think was showing his anger to a foreign, uninvited spirit to his castle." According to several sources, John Blackburn of Mysteria Paranormal has stated that the event was the strangest experience he has had in all of his years of supernatural / paranormal investigation. The alleged interaction between the spirits of Chillingham Castle and The Anguished Man was witnessed by over twenty paranormal investigators. With this in mind, it is often said that artists desire to 'live on' with their work. Perhaps the unidentified artist who created The Anguished Man achieved that goal in a disturbing way. Critics of the alleged haunted painting have stated that the story behind The Anguished Man is nothing more than a creation of Sean Robinson's imagination. In fact, I've read a number of comments that suggest that Sean may have created the painting as part of an elaborate hoax. Hoax or not... the story reveals the fascination we have for artists and the act of creating -- it reveals the interest we have in the connection between artists and their artwork. In closing, the connection between art and energy (spiritual or otherwise) is well documented throughout history. Descriptions of this connection can be found throughout various forms of art writing -- and within the visual traditions of numerous cultures. This connection is commonly explored within the context of artist statements as well. These descriptions are often thought of as little more than a fancy play of words designed to elevate the value of the art making process and the artwork itself... but what if there is more to it? What if there is an exchange of energy? Is it possible that the troubled energy of a struggling artist 'lives' within The Anguished Man? I don't know the answer. Websource: http://faso.com/theartedge/66784/the-anguished-man-a-paranormal-painting
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