Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum in overnight raid

30 Mars, 2020, 19:12 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Jan Rudolph de Lorm, museum director at Singer Laren, told Dutch news site NOS: "This is extremely hard, especially in these times".

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh has been stolen from a museum in the Netherlands closed due to Covid-19.

The Singer Laren museum has said "Spring Garden" by van Gogh was taken in a raid overnight.

"I am shocked and unbelievably pissed off", said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm during a news conference Monday afternoon.

The museum later announced that Van Gogh's Spring Garden, on loan from the Groninger Museum, was missing.

"It is very bad for the Groninger Museum, it is very bad for the Singer, but it is awful for us all because art exists to be seen and shared by us, the community, to enjoy to draw inspiration from and to draw comfort from, especially in these hard times".

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She is wearing a pink trouser suit in the picture and a window seat looking out onto the grounds of the 10-bedroom country pile can also be seen.

According to the Daily Mail, burglars forced their way through the glass doors of the museum, which has been closed since 12 March amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It is also known as "Spring Garden" and "Lentetuin, the Parsonage Garden in Spring". They are now examining security footage and investigating the crime. Art is there for people to enjoy and be consoled by, especially in these hard times'.

Local media put the value of the painting at between €1 million and €6 million.

Police are now investigating the theft.

It was in Laren as part of an exhibition of works by Dutch artists called "Mirror of the Soul", which opened in mid-January.

The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism.

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