National Gallery's Gauguin Painting Attacked by Woman

by Libby Zay 
Posted Apr 4th 2011 12:00 PMUpdated Apr 5th 2011 02:36 PM


A visitor at Washington DC's National Gallery of Art tried to pull an 1899 painting by Paul Gauguin off the wall on Friday afternoon, screaming, "This is evil."

"She was really pounding it with her fists," witness Pamela Degotardi tells the Washington Post. "It was like this weird surreal scene that one doesn't expect at the National Gallery."

The woman reportedly banged on the painting with her fists and tried to yank it off the wall until she was tackled by another museum-goer.

The post-impressionist painting, Gauguin's "Two Tahitian Women," shows two women, one with both breasts showing, the other with one bare breast. The painting is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of a 120-piece Gauguin exhibit, titled "Gaugin: Maker of Myth" that has been showing since February.

The unidentified woman was charged with destruction of property and attempted theft, Debrorah Ziska, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery, tells the Post. According tot he paper, she appeared in court on Saturday but no details were available.

Ziska tells the Post the incident is a rare one at the gallery, and that he could not recall a similar case in the past 20 years.

No damage to the painting – which is covered in clear plastic – was immediately visible, but a more thorough examination will take place today.

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Who's to say she's not just a schitzo? Why say she's religious? She could have undergone a breast augmentation that went awry and the painting brought back the painful memories. Who knows? She obviously needs help though.

April 04 2011 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, I see no reference to religion as the cause of her attack. Maybe she thinks Tahitians are evil. Maybe she thinks Gauguin was evil. Maybe she thought the plastic cover over the painting was evil! Why jump to conclusions so fast?

April 04 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another weak person relying on some preacher to tell her right from wrong from genius.

April 04 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Can\'t we all get along?

Purely sexist reporting. The woman committed a screwup and yet no name was mentioned. Had that been a man you can bet his moniker would have lead the story.

April 04 2011 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

.. maybe so.. BUT.. You ARE most definitely an idiot !!!

April 04 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Libby-you need better proofreaders! 'She was really pounding it with her firsts.'
As opposed to her seconds or thirds?

April 04 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I see that aol chickened out on showing the full piece of art . I guess they were afraid more idiots would stab their computer screens .

April 04 2011 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Religion poisons everything. The broad needs help.

April 04 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well i don't know why she would do this but its obviously got to do with the womens breasts being shown

April 04 2011 at 5:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Phuqing Republican Nutz

How much ya wanna bet she was/is republican?

I'll go double or nothing she's a Tea Bagger, too.

April 04 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply