In 1920, an artist known only as Delivigne slashed a still-life painting by Mme. Cholet at the eleventh Salon of Independent Artists at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Delivigne had been looking at the artwork - a futurist representation of flowers - for quite some time when he drew a knife from his pocket, sliced the painting with two powerful cuts, and then began shouting in jubilation at what he had done. Delivigne later explained that he’d slashed the work because he suffered from neurasthenia, and the picture had been too much for his nerves.

Christopher Schreck