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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 08/15/2011

What is art vandal’s problem with Matisse?

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Post’s Emily Wax reports that Alexandra resident Susan Burns has again attempted to vandalize a priceless masterpiece hanging in the National Gallery of Art. Her attack on Henri Matisse’s “The Plumed Hat” comes about four months after she attacked Paul Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” (pictured).

In a court statement after her arrest for the Gauguin attack, Burns called the 1899 painting “evil,” and otherwise explained thusly: “He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

OK, so clearly Burns has some issues with the human body, modesty, freedom of expression, and such, as well as some paranoia issues. What I don’t get is what problem she possibly could have had with the Matisse:

(Courtesy National Gallery of Art; Chester Dale Collection)

There are other Matisses in the gallery that I thought she would have preferred to attack.

Perhaps she hates the French? Fauvism? Plumed hats?

“Maybe she just really hates art,” one police officer posited to Wax.

Ideas, anyone?

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