Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women came under attack during a Rite of Spring-style riot Friday in Washington's National Gallery. As it happens, this was a one-woman riot, but it did not lack for conviction. Shreiking "This is evil!" a woman lunged at the painting, pummelling it with her fists. Luckily a clear plastic cover protected the picture from the onslaught. The woman was "tackled" by a social worker from the Bronx amid screams and shouts, according to an onlooker. A spokeswoman from the museum said the 1899 work appeared to be unharmed, though a closer inspection will be conducted today, according to the Washington Post. The painting, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, depicts two native women carrying fruit and flowers with their breasts bared.
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