France: An activist puts a sticker on a Monet painting

An environmental activist from Riposte Alimentaire was arrested on Saturday and taken into police custody as he plans to file a complaint at the Parisian Musée d’Orsay after the crackdown on Claude Monet’s “Les Coquelicots” painting.

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“A man who covered a painting later got his hands stuck in the work,” a police source said.

The woman, who was born in 2002 and is “known to the courts for crimes committed during previous demonstrations or on the sidelines”, was in police custody on Saturday evening for damage caused during a one-person exhibition of cultural property. A public interest motive, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed to AFP.

“He was arrested at the Musée d’Orsay around 10:00 a.m. after sticking his hand to the wall near the frame of the painting, sticking a red sticker that covered most of Monet’s painting ‘Les Coglicats,'” according to the same source.



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“After a restorer’s examination and treatment, work [protégée par une vitre] was hung. The exhibition is now fully accessible to the public,” the museum management told AFP, announcing its intention to file a complaint.

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“This terrible picture before us, if no alternative is put in place, awaits us! At +4 °C, hell awaits us,” he said later, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “+4 ° C” in reference to the temperature rise predicted by the government in France by 2100. A wearing activist declares.

Hanging as part of the “Paris 1874. Inventing Impressionism” exhibit, Monet’s famous oil painting, completed in 1873, depicts people walking with umbrellas in a field of blooming poppies.

“Once again, a cultural institution and a work of art are being targeted by iconoclasts” (a reference to the 8th-century movement to destroy sacred images), condemned Culture Minister Rachida Dati in X.

“Destruction of art by criminals cannot be justified in any way. This has to stop!”, and he added that the Ministry of Justice should be contacted about “this new type of crime”.

Food Response (formerly Last Restoration), a sustainable food climate activist movement, has been ramping up its activities for months.

In January he was responsible for throwing soup on the glass protecting “The Mona Lisa” at the Louvre, then in February against Monet’s painting “Le Printemps” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon.

On May 8, its activists pasted “Liberty Leading the People” posters by Eugène Delacroix at the Louvre.

Already in April, at the Musée d’Orsay, two of its activists were arrested at the entrance on suspicion of wanting to take action and taken into police custody.

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