Rage Against the Monet


Claude Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874), after Shannon punched it

In 2012, Andrew Shannon punched a hole into this Claude Monet painting valued at $10 million dollars at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. He was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison and is not allowed in a gallery for 15 months after his release. While speaking to authorities on the scene, he said he did it to “get back at the state” but during his trial he claimed he felt faint and simply fell into the painting. WELL, the video captured in the gallery has Shannon intentionally punching the painting for no reason while yelling at others inside of the gallery, and police also found a can a paint stripper on him. It didn’t take the jury too long to find him guilty.

Police also raided his apartment last April and found 48 stolen art works, books, and other items valued at €100,000.


CCTV footage of Shannon with a balled fist about to punch the painting

Talk about some nuts screwed loose…he must have really had some aggression towards impressionism.

The painting is now fully restored and hanging on the walls of the gallery once more.


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