Climate activists throw soup on Van Gogh's Sunflowers painting

Climate activists have thrown tins of what appears to be tomato soup over a Van Gogh painting of sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.

A statement provided by the Trafalgar Square venue showed that the pair entered Room 43 of the National Gallery just after 11am on Friday, and appeared to glue themselves to the wall adjacent to Van Gogh's Sunflowers after throwing what appears to be tomato soup over the painting.

The National Gallery, which houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world, described the “Sunflowers”, which dates to 1888, to be “among Van Gogh's most iconic and best-loved works”

The Metropolitan Police stated that officers were on scene at the National Gallery after the protesters threw substance over the painting and then glued themselves to a wall. Both have been arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

The gallery said the painting was covered by glass and therefore not damaged.

The protest is the latest by the group's activists and comes after days in which they blocked roads around parliament and government departments demanding halts to all new oil and gas projects. The members of the same group also pasted paper over John Constable's the Hay Wain in the same gallery three months ago.