The Hague, The Netherlands, Mar 30 (efe-epa) .-Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Spring Garden” from 1884 was stolen on Monday morning from the Singer Museum, in the city of Laren.
The painting was a loan from the Groninger Museum, for a temporary exhibition at the gallery dedicated to preserving the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer.
The robbery took place whilst the gallery was closed to the public as part of the measures taken to try to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the European country.
The thieves broke into the museum at dawn on Monday, forcing and breaking the exterior glass door, which granted them access to the art and Van Gogh’s valuable work, Jan Rudolph de Lorm, director of the museum, told press.
No other items have been reported missing so far.
According to the police, after the alarm went off, officers went directly to the museum, but the thieves had left no trace of their robbery neither in the gallery nor around it.
“I am shocked and incredibly angry. It is a blow to the Groninger Museum, to the Singer Museum in Laren and to all of us. Art is to be enjoyed and shared,” the director said.
In 1883 and 1884, Van Gogh was living with his parents in Nuenen, where his father was a pastor at the local parish.
The Dutch artist immortalised in the stolen canvas the garden of the vicarage, a place that offered him the peace and inspiration he needed, as he described in his letters.
Dutch authorities, along with a team of forensics, detectives and stolen art experts, have launched a criminal investigation to try to locate the thieves and bring the painting back to its owners, police said in a statement. EFE/EPA