Susan Burns to undergo mental competency exam
The woman accused of attacking a Gauguin painting at the National Gallery of Art was ordered on Monday to undergo a mental competency exam.
Susan Burns, 53, will also continue to be held at St. Elizabeth’s mental health institution until her next hearing in June.
Burns is facing charges of destruction of property and second degree attempted theft after she allegedly struck Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” in early April.
The painting, which depicts two partially nude women, wasn’t damaged.
When asked why she did it, Burns reportedly told police that she was offended by the nudity depicted in the painting, among other issues.
"I feel that Gauguin is evil,” she told police, according to charging documents. “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."
Gauguin painted “Two Tahitian Women” in 1899, during his quest to find an earthly paradise in Tahiti.