On Friday, April 1, “Two Tahitian Women,” one of the most famous paintings by Paul Gauguin, was attacked – but unharmed – by a mentally unstable visitor to the National Gallery. Citing that the painting was “evil” and “should be burned,” the attacker pulled the art work off of the wall and began pounding on it. A thin piece of plexiglass over the work saved it from visible harm. The painting went back on display this morning.
Gaugin: Maker of Myth is a blockbuster show of 120 paintings and sculptures from the French Post-Impressionist artist, and includes self-portraits, still lifes, and depictions of life in Brittany and Tahiti. Of course, the Tahiti portion of the exhibit, which features several richly-hued, languorous scenes of Polynesian women in various states of undress, is the highlight of the show. Gauguin: Maker of Myth will be at the National Gallery’s East Gallery through June 5, 2011.
Image from Wikicommons