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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Why a woman attacked Gauguin painting at National Gallery

“Two Tahitian Women” by Paul Gauguin. The painting, on display at the National Gallery of Art, was attacked by a female visitor on April 1. The painting is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (National Gallery of Art)
A woman, screaming, “This is evil!” and pounding the glass covering of the painting with her fists, tried to pull Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” off the wall at the National Gallery. She was quickly stopped by security, but what could have inspired the attack?

Some reasons:

— Preferred his earlier work.

— Blames him for loss of Van Gogh’s ear, enraged by ears in painting.

— Mistook “Two Tahitian Women” for lesser-known work, “Two Tahitian Women, One Cup”

— By “This is evil” meant that “The action of tearing a painting from the wall is evil,” wanted to provide visual illustration.

— From a distance, the Gauguin looked sort of like a still from Rebecca Black’s single “Friday.”

— Frightened of cleavage, has had similar incident at every art museum ever and one or two courthouses.

— Momentarily confused the word “evil” with “a good example of Gauguin’s primitive period.”

— On scavenger hunt with Reverend Terry Jones, winner is first to destroy all that is good and beautiful in this world.

— She’s been framed.

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Tags:  art, primitivism

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