Van Gogh painting stolen on anniversary of painter's birth


Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from the Singer Laren Museum on the anniversary of the artist's birth. The work was on loan from the Groninger Museum.

At the Singer Laren Museum, closed to the public due to Coronavirus emergency, a painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen during the night of March 29-30. It is Rectory Garden in Neuen in Spring, or simply referred to as Spring Garden, created by the Dutch painter in 1884 in Neuen, where he lived with his parents. In fact, the work depicted the artist’s father, as a Protestant pastor, in the rectory garden where he officiated.

Thieves entered Laren’s museum by breaking a glass door and took van Gogh’s painting away, precisely on the “birthday” of the artist, who was born on March 30, 1853. The alarm reportedly went off, but by the time police arrived on the scene, the thieves had fled.

The work was on loan from the Groninger Museum and had an estimated value of about six million euros.

Singer Laren Museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm said he was shocked and truly infuriated by the loss of the work, both for the Groninger Museum and for the museum he heads. “It is a beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest painters, stolen from the community,” he added.

Image: Vincent van Gogh, Rectory Garden in Neuen in Spring (1884; 39 x 72 cm; Groninger Museum)

Van Gogh painting stolen on anniversary of painter's birth
Van Gogh painting stolen on anniversary of painter's birth


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