Vincent Van Gogh, “Le Berceuse” (1888) / Stanley knife  In April 1978, this painting was damaged while on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. An unidentified 31-year-old Dutch man used a Stanley knife to make three 30–40cm cuts in the center of the painting before being overpowered by guards and taken into custody.   The man, a struggling artist, said his act had been one of protest against Amsterdam authorities - particularly the Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling, who had denied him welfare payments that would have supported his artmaking.    Though severely damaged, the painting was eventually restored and returned to public view.
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Vincent Van Gogh, “Le Berceuse” (1888) / Stanley knife

In April 1978, this painting was damaged while on view at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. An unidentified 31-year-old Dutch man used a Stanley knife to make three 30–40cm cuts in the center of the painting before being overpowered by guards and taken into custody.

The man, a struggling artist, said his act had been one of protest against Amsterdam authorities - particularly the Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling, who had denied him welfare payments that would have supported his artmaking. 

Though severely damaged, the painting was eventually restored and returned to public view.

Christopher Schreck