Two Tahitian Women Attacked in the National Gallery

Courtesy of The Met online

In case there’s any confusion, the title is indicating the painting Two Tahitian Women by Paul Gauguin. The masterpiece was evidently the victim of a hate crime on Friday while on display in The National Gallery in D.C.

As reported by The Washington Post:

A museum visitor, identified in documents filed with the D.C. Superior Court as Susan Burns, 53, of Alexandria, Va., grabbed the painting by its frame and attempted to pull it off the wall. She then hit the painting, which was protected by a plexiglass shield, with her right fist, the court papers said.

Burns, who was handcuffed and detained, has been charged with attempted theft in the second degree.

According to court papers, Burns told an investigator: “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s 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.”

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2 Comments on “Two Tahitian Women Attacked in the National Gallery”

  1. museummonger says:

    […] Burns, the woman who attached Gauguin’s Two Tahitian Women in April, was back at Washington’s Nation Gallery on August 5th, this time raging against […]

  2. […] Burns, the woman who violentlytore Gauguin’s Two Tahitian Women off the wall in April, was back at Washington’s Nation Gallery on August 5th, this time […]


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