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Virginia Woman Attacks Another Multimillion-Dollar Painting

Virginia Woman Attacks Another Multimillion-Dollar Painting

The woman who attacked a painting earlier this year because of its gay connotations was arrested again this month for attempting to destroy another painting at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Susan Burns, 53, of Alexandria, Va., was arrested after she grabbed Henri Matisse's 1919 painting The Plumed Hat and slammed it repeatedly against a wall. Her actions damaged the frame, but not the $2.5 million painting, the Associated Press reports. Burns was charged with unlawful entry and taken to a mental health hospital. She has been officially barred from all museums and art galleries in the capital.

Earlier this year Burns attacked Paul Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women, which is valued at an estimated $80 million. She told authorities upon her arrest that she attempted to ruin it because it featured two topless women together.

“I feel that Gauguin is evil,” Burns later told an investigator at the time of her arrest. “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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