A portray by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to avoid the unfold of the coronavirus, law enforcement and the museum claimed Monday.
The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam claimed that The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884 by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday. By early afternoon, all that could be observed from the exterior of the museum was a massive white panel masking a doorway in the building’s glass facade.
Museum Common Director Evert van Os claimed the institution that properties the assortment of American few William and Anna Singer is “indignant, stunned, sad” at the theft of the portray.
The value of the work, which was on mortgage from the Groninger Museum in the northern Dutch town of Groningen, was not straight away identified. Police are investigating the theft.
“I’m stunned and unbelievably annoyed that this has occurred,” claimed Singer Laren museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm.
“This beautiful and shifting portray by one of our finest artists stolen — taken off from the local community,” he included.
“It is extremely terrible for the Groninger Museum, it is extremely terrible for the Singer, but it is awful for us all since artwork exists to be observed and shared by us, the local community, to appreciate to draw inspiration from and to draw convenience from, in particular in these difficult instances.”
Police claimed in a statement that the thief or thieves smashed a glass doorway to get into the museum. That established off an alarm that despatched officers rushing to the museum but by the time they got there the portray and whoever stole it ended up absent.
A workforce including forensics and artwork theft authorities was studying online video footage and questioning neighbours.
In advance of the closure, the museum was internet hosting an exhibition titled Mirror of the Soul with functions by artists ranging from Jan Toorop to Piet Mondrian, in cooperation with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.
The Singer Laren’s assortment has a target on modernism this kind of as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism.
It is not the first superior profile theft from the museum. In 2007, thieves stole seven functions from its sculpture back garden, including a bronze cast of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin. The famous sculpture was recovered a couple days later on, missing a leg.