(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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?