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The Hands Resist Him by LibMahenots The Hands Resist Him by LibMahenots
This is the famous internet meme.
I painted the original in 1972, a self portrait age five.
It re-appeared in 2001 on Ebay as 'the haunted painting'
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creepypastas-exe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best horror painting i have ever seen in my live OwO
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AgentLaffey119 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like those 2 kids locked those people in that room to torture them. ._.
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DarkOverlord1296 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Those are not kids...
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lewa007 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try to copy your painting. But only in pencils.
The picture does not haunt me... not yet :)
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DikDikVanDik Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats stunning work!! But not kind a thing that i wanna have on the wall in my house. Still scares me if i look at it for a while :/
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Gray-Vizard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
is it true that the owner of the galey where it first hung and the art critic who wrote about it died within a year?
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gamefreak2011 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Why do I find this so damn freaky 0_0
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AlexIscariot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This painting has haunted me for years of my life.
If you recall your inspiration, could you let me know what it was maybe?
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solariswoof Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Gives me the creeps... brrrrr
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Firepowerbaby Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I still don't get about a "doll" one and hands back there. Do you still remember your inspiration on this picture? Personally I don't believe in whatever people said. It's just hallucinate I said nothing more.
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RikaStormfeldthefox Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
this has always been one of my favourite paintings :)
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SwanBurglar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I love this work, its absolutely fantastic!
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JLKempen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I was looking at this yesterday on here and there were all kinds of comments... where did they all go? This is suspicious.
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InFeRiOr-RaVeN Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
its a cool picture. I saw it on youtube and I was hoping like hell that the real artist had a deviantart page. It is interesting how starkly youve contrasted the real and unreal. I look up to that.

You've done your job as an artist if your work has inspired a feeling in all who see it. That is what makes this peice so special
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OmniSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen that painting. I don't know if it's really haunted, but I can surely tell ya, it's creepy.
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xXLove-LlamaXx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I don't find this painting at all haunting. It's well done, and meaningful, but I do not find myself frightened at all. I was on wikipedia and a few other sites and read about the sybolism of the peice. The idea of the hands being the different lives to chose from was really nifty to me. Now that was on Wiki so maybe it shouldn't be trusted, but either way I do admire your skills as an artist :D
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TheGreatBeast Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
As a note, I find the boy's eyes more engaging than the doll's face, unlike others have noted elsewhere. He seems to be looking right through you, if you understand.
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TheGreatBeast Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I find myself captivated by this image every time I see it. Even if it weren't trailed by stories of being haunted..I would still linger on it a moment longer.
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0wc4 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student Photographer
If it wasn't for the fact, there's no other big res hanging in internet, I'd report you.
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Saffy-Night Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
I'm using this painting for my art history work for my A-level, I find it really interesting and I hope I have your permission to use this as part of my research into other artists. Personally I see this as a brilliant piece of art in both skill and concept.
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thatguy162 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
strange looking but it is'nt haunted though its ugly but just because its ugly that does'nt make it haunted its just a rumor if you ask me
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samuelart Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Creepy.
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Sklarg Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
I'm not going to lie to you, this painting scared me when I was 13 or so. It doesn't scare me anymore, though.

You did a very good job on this painting. The colors and the values are outstanding. The characters depicted in the painting have so much emotion, it's amazing. I could go on and on about how great this painting is!
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MegamanNeos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
As amazing as it is even you, as the artist, must see how people can get creeped out by it. I'm not saying it's haunted or anything- just mildly disturbing. I mean, seemingly disembodied hands pressed against the glass, a free-standing doll holding a bundle of wires(?), and a boy with the dead glare of a sociopath.

I mean, it's awesome, but DAMN, it is creepy.
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ErosNoir84 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I must admit, at first, I found this painting to be a bit desturbing. I first saw it 3 days aga after my boyfriend found chapter about it in one of his haunting books. I myself, being interested in anything occult related looked it up. Ever since then I have looked at this painting at least one a day, attempting to determine why I find myself both drawn to it and repelled by it.
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fadimalkosh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
I just came across this, I am absolutely enamored by your painting sir. I have been searching the net over, for a poster of it to no avail.

Kindly make it available on canvas as a painting, I would love to hang it in my room.

I feel like, it's so erie, like there's some dark story behind it. I personally love the unknown, and the black mysterious, so just looking at it without too much analyzation leaves me with a satisfying chill.
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SadDeku Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
dude is this really haunted? i mean even if it wasnt haunted i would still pee myself looking at it lol. naw i really like this painting. it has a fascinating story too it. im a huge paranormal enthusiast lol.
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d4rk13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
There's something really "disturbing" in the painting, anyway not everyone tends to get "impressed" by same subject, it's something working in subconsciuos.

The color in this image results more "vivid" than in other photos you can find on internet, wich are the real ones? Time has taken its toll on colors or photos posted by ebay seller were desaturated to give a more "dark" feel?
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
so why does ebay says its the haunted picture
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GameGal101 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Why do people find this haunted?
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LibMahenots Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Not everyone does.
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GameGal101 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
But you know what I mean.
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KatlynnKryptonite Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this painting.
It is amazing.
Many people find it frightening... Its amazes me.
This is one of my favorite paintings of all time.
I'm glad I found it on here.

Thank you =]
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
you painted this!? the original one!
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LibMahenots Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
I should check this more often.
Yes the original in 1972
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
sooo why is it haunted
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
yeah I read in a ghost book it is
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Wofka Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
is it made rly by you?
its that true? #7 [link]

rly great work
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LibMahenots Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Yes indeed
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Wofka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow :wow:
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Wofka Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you have an account since 2 days on dA - omg yesterday was first time i have seen this picture - on youtube. then i searched in google - didnt find good quality pic of this one. searched on dA and found it. it´s like it was wating for me :D horrible
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sonettie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see this powerful painting finally posted here by the artist who did it.
I've always been drawn to this painting for unknown reasons.
I've never found it 'frightening', more so like
a puzzle I'd like to solve someday.
if that makes sense. :)
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theonlysparta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
just because its weird looking dos'nt mean its haunted
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LibMahenots Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
The hidden is always more powerful left to the imagination of the viewer.
Some years ago a Texas radio show did a Halloween contest with a full sized replica of 'Hands' as the prize. The best thousand word story about the painting would win. I read probably eighty stories altogether. The majority were the writers own fears of drunkenness and child abuse, it was Texas after all, but a young woman wrote a lovely story from the paintings' point of view, not the viewers a kind of reverse Alice through the looking glass, she had set aside the obvious looking for the archetypal.
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sonettie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very interesting.
I'm from Texas originally.
I know of a lot of hurt that goes down in the major cites.
The woman's story sounds like a wonderful read :D
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theonlysparta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
yes it interesting
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LibMahenots Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
If I knew which box I put it in I'd post you a copy of the story..
Sorry about my take on Texas, I may never forgive them for G.W. Bush.
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sonettie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can't judge a state by one person imo.
his mistakes are his own, he gives the rest who live in that state a bad name :\
I've had people here in MO throw rocks or the likes
at me for being Texan, blaming me for Bush.:confused:

But no worries :) I got stuff against states my self. everyone has their own opinion and I don't judge by what others say.
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