A Van Gogh masterpiece was stolen during a break-in at the Singer Laren museum, in Laren near Hilversum, said museum officials this Monday afternoon. The Singer Laren museum located to the east of Amsterdam had closed its doors earlier in March as part of nationwide restrictions because of coronavirus.
Thieves broke into the museum around 03:15 hours in the early hours of Monday 30 March and stole the artwork featuring the vicarage garden in Nuenen in the spring of 1884, called De Lentetuin (Spring Garden). The painting was on loan to the Singer Laren museum from Groninger Museum. Painted in 1884, it portrays the garden of the Dutch Reformist Church in Nuenen, where Van Gogh’s father was the vicar.
No other art pieces were burgled.
The theft of the painting shocked and angered museum management, they said during a press conference this afternoon at 15 hours.
“I am extremely shocked and pissed off that this happened. This is a huge blow,” said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm. “This is extremely difficult, especially in these times.”