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Vincent Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

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Vincent Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

A Vincent van Gogh painting has been stolen from a Dutch museum that is currently closed to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Singer Laren museum has said 'Spring Garden' by van Gogh was taken in a raid overnight.

General director of the museum Evert van Os told the Associated Press he is 'angry, shocked and sad' about the theft of the painting.

According to the Daily Mail, burglars forced their way through the glass doors of the museum, which has been closed since 12 March amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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The painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum.

The van Gogh was stolen from the Singer Laren museum. Credit: PA
The van Gogh was stolen from the Singer Laren museum. Credit: PA

The Groninger Museum, said in a statement: "The work from 1884, oil on paper on panel (marouflé), is the only painting by Van Gogh in the collection of the Groninger Museum.

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"We are very shocked by this news. The investigation is currently in full swing and no more can be said about it due to the police investigation."

The museum has not yet released any further details about the crime, or said if any other art works were stolen, but it has scheduled a news conference for later today.

Jan Rudolph de Lorm, museum director at Singer Laren, told Dutch news site NOS: "This is extremely difficult, especially in these times.

"Art is there to enjoy and to be comforted, especially during this difficult time."

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'Spring Gardens' was painted in 1884 and shows the gardens of a rectory at Nuenen, where van Gogh was living at the time. The value of the painting has not been revealed.

Police are currently investigating the theft.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News

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