Woman Screaming “This Is Evil” Attacks Gauguin Painting at National Gallery

Two Tahitian Women by Paul Gauguin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William Church Osborn, 1949

A painting by Paul Gauguin on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hanging in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. was attacked last week. Reports indicate there is no apparent damage, but the work will be inspected more closely. The attacker apparently pounded the painting with her fists then tried to pull it from the wall screaming “this is evil” and was detained. Reports indicated a social worker from the Bronx came forward in an attempt to stop the woman from damaging the painting, which was covered by a clear plastic barrier. Gauguin: Maker of Myth opened at the National Gallery of Art in February.

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It really is concerning that a mad person can come to public places where these precious works are exposed and damage them so easily. I hope she’ll get the mental health treatment she needs so much now that she’s made the news.

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