Protesting eco-activists destroyed one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings. On Friday at London’s National Gallery, they doused the masterpiece “Sunflowers” with tomato soup.
A video on social media shows the two protesting environmentalists wearing T-shirts with the slogan “Just stop the oil”. They pour soup over the famous painting, then stick their hands to the wall using instant glue.
The group has attracted attention and criticism for targeting artworks in museums. In July of this year, activists of the same organization stuck to the well-known painting “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as well as “The Haystack” by John Constable in the National Gallery.
London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested the two protesters for damaging property and aggravated trespassing after they threw soup on the Van Gogh painting.
The value of “Sunflowers” is estimated at 84.2 million dollars, reported the British edition of LeMonde.