Belfast Telegraph

Monet damaged in gallery attack

A Monet painting has been seriously damaged by a member of the public at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Gardai are investigating the damage caused to the 1874 work, Argenteuil Basin With A Single Sailboat, before noon on Friday.

The painting, which was bequeathed to the gallery in 1924, had been hanging in the gallery's Millennium Wing and is the only Monet in its collection.

Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said: "It is a shocking and very regrettable incident and I would like to praise the Garda Siochana and the NGI staff in dealing promptly with the matter."

A spokeswoman said it was an unfortunate incident, but refused to reveal what damage was caused.

She said a man was detained after the attack, but a Garda spokesman said no-one has been arrested.

There is no commercial value for the oil on canvas work as it belongs to the gallery.

It has been removed from the display for an assessment by conservation staff and remains in the custody of gardai.

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