The Musée des Beaux-Arts, France's third-largest city, said in a release that the attack on Claude Monet's “Le Printemps” (Spring) happened at 3:30 p.m. local time.
Although the 1872 painting was covered with glass, it will undergo a thorough inspection and restoration, the museum said.
The museum also said it would file a complaint for vandalism, revealing that two activists had been detained.
Riposte Alimentare (“Food Counterattack”) claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on Twitter, in which a woman identifying herself as 20-year-old Ilona said, “We must act now before it is too late.”
The same group advocating for a sustainable supply of healthy food for all acknowledged the soup attack Mona Lisa on painting Louvre Museum In January. The painting was also protected by glass.
Two men held responsible for attack on Leonardo da VinciHis prestigious work was commuted to voluntary work for a charitable organization by a Paris court.
Riposte Alimentaire describes itself as a “French civil resistance movement that aims to inspire a radical social change for the environment and society”.
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“We love art,” the movement says, “but future artists will have nothing to paint on a burning planet.”
In a post on X, lyonThe mayor, representing an ecological party, said he “regretted the action” but added that “in the face of the climate emergency, suffering is legitimate. We will respond with firm actions.”
This incident is not the first time Monet's paintings have been targeted by environmental activists. In October 2022, members of the German branch of Last Generation announced “Les Mules” (The Haystacks) In a museum in Potsdam, the painting was protected by glass.
In June 2023, activists in Stockholm applied red paint and stuck their hands on the protective glass of another Monet work, “The Artist's Garden at Giverny.”
(with inputs from agencies)
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