A 1884 Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen from Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam.

The 25-by-57-centimeter (10-by-22-inch) oil on paper artwork was named “Garden at Neunen in Spring.”

A heist during the lockdown

 

The thieves broke through a glass door at around 3.15 am on Sunday morning and then stole the painting, whose estimated value is up to six million euros (US$6.6 million). The breaking-in set off an alarm but by the time the police arrived at the scene, the perpetrators had already escaped. The museum had been closed for two weeks to comply with the Dutch government’s rules to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19– a disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“I am shocked and unbelievably annoyed this theft has happened,” said Jan Rudolph de Lorm, one of the museum’s directors.

“Art is there to be seen, to be enjoyed, to inspire and to bring solace, particularly in these troubled times in which we find ourselves,” he added.

According to the reports, no other works in the museum had been reported missing.The crime took place on what would have been the 167th birthday of the Dutch post-impressionist painter. It was the third time Van Gogh’s work had been targeted in the Netherlands by thieves since the 1900’s.

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