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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 04/04/2011

National Gallery removes Gauguin’s ‘Two Tahitian Women’ after attack

A team of conservators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art are inspecting a famous Gauguin painting after it was attacked by a visitor at the National Gallery.

Paul Gauguin's 1899 "Two Tahitian Women.” (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The painting, “Two Tahitian Women,” painted by Gauguin in 1899, was removed from the exhibition Monday, the gallery announced.

The painting, which belongs to the Metropolitan, had been protected by plexiglass. On Friday afternoon a visitor banged on the covering, shouting “This is evil,” according to the gallery and vistors.

Experts from the Metropolitan and National Gallery started the inspection of the canvas itself Monday, according to gallery spokeswoman Deborah Ziska.

The gallery placed a card stating the painting had been removed temporarily. The gallery is hosting a survey of the artist’s work called “Gauguin: Maker of Myth.”

The show is on view until June 5.

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