Monday morning before dawn, a painting by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh was stolen from The Singer Laren Museum, located east of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The painting was ripped off in a “smash-and-grab” style robbery from the museum that had been closed for weeks in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The painting in question, entitled “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884,” measures 10 x 22 inches and is an oil painting that depicts a person standing in a garden surrounded by trees with a church tower in the background.
In order to enter the museum, Police said the thieves smashed through a glass door that set off an alarm alerting security. However, once security arrived, it was too late – the thieves and the painting had both vanished.
“This beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists stolen – removed from the community,” said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm. “This beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists stolen – removed from the community,” he added. “It is very bad for the Groninger Museum, it is very bad for the Singer, but it is terrible 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 difficult times.”
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