I found this interesting. Look closely at the photo of the painting. (if there is a white box, click on it)
The Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris is known for housing some of the finest works of art in existence, but if an eerie new photo is to be believed, it might just house the ghosts of long dead artists too.
One of the most prevalent theories in the world of paranormal investigation is the idea that a spirit, human or otherwise, can attach itself to an object. Sometimes that object was used to draw the attention of the spirit (think the ever-so-controversial Ouija board), or one that’s attached to a strange location (like, say, a plank from the infamous Amityville Horror house), and sometimes it’s an object that was once held near and dear by the spirit before death.
If the dearly departed were an artist, it might be reasonable to think they’d stick around their favorite work – and it looks like one ghost may have been caught doing just that.
During a recent trip to Paris, Reddit user KiddCudder and girlfriend made a point to visit the Centre Pompidou, home to the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the largest museum for modern art in Europe. While strolling through the modern art exhibits, they came to a piece by George Grosz, a German artist known for his bizarre caricatures. They snapped a picture of the painting, titled “A Victim of Society”, and were stunned to see the hazy reflection of a man’s face staring back at them. But it wasn’t just any man… it was Grosz himself.
“We were the only ones in the room at the time and the painting appeared to have a normal black background,” KiddCudder wrote. “After she took the photo, she looked into her viewfinder and saw something quite bizarre. I’m not one to believe in ghosts, but I have no idea how this occurred. Long story short, I ran out of the room pretty quickly, haha.”
A quick glance at a few images of George Grosz shows an uncanny similarity to the man appearing in the “haunted” painting, but could it have simply been another museum visitor trying to get a peek at the painting? Not so, says Kidd.
“We surveyed the whole room before and after taking the photo. The thing was, we saw this painting before and walked away. But my girlfriend had a weird feeling that she just “had to take the photo” when we walked back into the room, it was empty. I wasn’t looking at the painting as she took the photo, I was turned around. The room was empty. When she looked in the viewfinder this man’s face was there.”
Proposed non-paranormal solutions to the mystery included everything from a large-scale projector in the background, a malfunctioning camera, and even a photographic trick intended by Grosz, who died in 1959, but if your mind is ready to stretch that far, you’re only a stepping stone from a belief in ghosts anyway. Might as well go for the gold, if you ask me.
As for KiddCudder? He isn’t so skeptical anymore.
“I honestly wish I was messing with you guys,” he wrote. “I’ve never believed in ghosts or spirits until this day.”