Art Attack

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 9:56am

Woman tries to destroy Gauguin painting at the National Gallery, claiming it's "pornographic".

Taking in some of the world's most renowned art is often a quiet, reflective experience, but the relaxed atmosphere of the National Gallery was broken last week by screaming and shouting when a Virginia woman began attacking a famous painting.

Susan Burns, 53, of Alexandria, began screaming, "This is evil!" as she tried to pull Paul Gauguin's "Two Tahitian Women" from a gallery wall Friday.

Conservators from the National Gallery of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art said Monday that the painting sustained no damage.

It will go back on public view Tuesday morning.

The painting, which is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, depicts two women whose breasts are exposed.

It is part of a current exhibit featuring Gauguin titled "Gauguin: Maker of Myth" that runs through June 5.

After her arrest, Burns told investigators she thought the painting was evil, pornographic and homosexual in nature.
 

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