- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Court documents show a woman told police that artist Paul Gauguin is “evil” after she allegedly pounded on one of his paintings and tried to rip it from a wall at the National Gallery of Art.

Susan Burns of Arlington, Va., has been charged with attempted second-degree theft and destruction of property. She’s being held without bail pending a mental observation hearing Tuesday afternoon.

The painting, “Two Tahitian Women,” was not damaged during the attack Friday afternoon and will go back on view Tuesday morning. The painting is on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Court documents show that Burns said she thinks the painting should be burned.

Burns‘ attorney declined to comment Monday.

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