Gauguin painting in Washington DC attacked by woman

A woman who attacked a painting by Paul Gauguin hanging in the National Gallery in Washington DC said the French artist was “evil”, court records show.

Susan Burns pounded Two Tahitian Women and tried to rip it from a gallery wall on Friday, officials said.

The 1899 painting, which depicts two women’s bare breasts, was behind a plastic cover and was unharmed.

She was charged with attempted theft and destruction of property and is being held pending a mental evaluation.

On Friday afternoon the accused slammed her hands against the plexiglass cover between the canvas and the frame.


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