Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Museum During Coronavirus Closure

March 31, 2020
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A Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen from a Dutch museum during its closure due to coronavirus concerns.

The work, "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring," was a loan from the Groninger Museum and was taken from the Singer Laren museum just east of Amsterdamin the Netherlands, shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reports.

Jan Rudolph de Lorm, director at Singer Laren, says of the incident, "I am shocked and unbelievably pissed off. It is very bad for the Groninger Museum. It's also very bad for Singer. But above all it is horrible for all of us, because art is there to be seen and shared by all of us, for society as a whole, to bring enjoyment, to bring inspiration, and also to bring comfort. Especially in this difficult time.

The work is a 10-by-22-inch oil-on-paper painting and is one of a series the artist made while staying at his father's house. It features a person standing in a garden surrounded by trees. A church tower can be seen in the background.

The painting is estimated to be worth between 1 million and 6 million euros, or $1.1 to $6.6 million, the New York Post reports from the Agence France-Presse.

The painting was stolen when thieves broke open the glass front door. The break-in sounded alarms, alerting local police, but unfortunately, they got there too late.

Investigators are currently working with local neighbors and reviewing security footage to try to track down the missing artwork.

This isn't the first time the museum has been targeted in a theft. In 2007, seven works were stolen from the grounds' sculpture garden, including a bronze cast of Auguste Rodin's "The Thinker." The piece was eventually recovered, but missing a leg.

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