The Paris museum says a painting was the target of an attempted attack

The Paris museum says a painting was the target of an attempted attack


A young woman tried to throw soup at a painting at the world-famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris this week, the museum confirmed on Sunday, in a similar attack to other climate activists in Europe.

The museum refused to say which painting was the target, but it houses artworks by some of Europe’s most famous artists, including Paul Cezanne, Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet and Claude Monet.

The museum told AFP it had filed a legal complaint alleging “attempted damage to a work” after the activist was intercepted on Thursday, confirming a report in Le Parisien daily.

The Paris public prosecutor said the police had launched an investigation after the complaint.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the woman had first attempted to get close to the 1889 Van Gogh self-portrait in Saint-Remy before attempting to throw soup at a Gaugin painting.

The newspaper reported that she wore a “Just Stop Oil” t-shirt like others have been wearing during similar stunts in recent weeks.

On Thursday, climate activists taped Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Environmental activists splashed tomato soup on Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in London earlier this month, while others threw mashed potatoes over a Monet painting at the Barberini Museum in Germany.

As attacks multiply, French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak has urged national museums to “double their vigilance”.

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