A painting by Dutch master, Vincent Van Gogh, was reported stolen from a museum in the Netherlands early Monday night.
The painting was an 1884 masterpiece, titled “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring”, which had been loaned to the Singer Laren Museum from the Groninger Museum in the northern Netherlands.
The museum was closed due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, and the burglars reportedly smashed the front door in the early hours of Monday to get to the painting, though police are still trying to figure out how the thief or thieves removed the artwork.
The painting stolen depicts a figure standing in a garden with a church as its backdrop and was one of the early artworks made before Van Gogh’s breakthrough in France.
Though the value of the painting has yet to be announced, Singer Laren director, Jan Rudolph de Lorm, told local media that he was “shocked and incredibly pissed off” about the theft, and said that art is supposed to be enjoyed and provide comfort for the people, especially during these difficult times.
In an ironic twist, the theft of the master’s art coincided with Van Gogh’s date of birth, March 30.
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