Eco-activist arrested after sticking poster over Monet painting in Paris

A climate activist was arrested on Saturday for sticking an adhesive poster on a Monet painting at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris to draw attention to global warming. The museum says the artwork was not damaged in the stunt.

A video shared on social media showed a woman placing a large red sticker over most of the painting Coquelicots, known by the English title Poppy Field, by French Impressionist Claude Monet.

The activist, a member of the environmental group Riposte Alimentaire (Food Response), said the poster showed what Monet's idyllic scene might look like in a climate-ravaged future.

"This nightmarish image awaits us if no alternative is put in place," she can be heard saying.

Monet's well-known painting, completed in 1873, shows people with umbrellas strolling in a blooming poppy field in the French countryside.

It did not suffer any permanent damage despite not being under glass, the Musée d'Orsay told French news agency AFP after an inspection by a restoration expert.

The painting has since been put back on display, a spokesperson said.

It was originally shown at the first ever Impressionist exhibition of 1874, and currently features in the museum's blockbuster exhibition tracing the origins of the movement.

The museum plans to file a criminal complaint, the spokesperson added.

Last month the group's activists stuck flyers around Liberty Leading the People, a painting by Eugene Delacroix displayed in the Louvre.

(with AFP)

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