At a quarter past three on the night between Sunday 26 and Monday 27 March, the bang: a Van Gogh’s painting it was stolen from the Dutch Singer Laren museum in Amsterdam. A glass door of the museum – closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic – has been broken through by thieves. Security agents managed to intervene only after the burglar alarm went off, merely stating the theft.
Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen rectory garden in spring, 1884
“It is a beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest painters, stolen from the community,” said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm heartily. But what is the stolen picture: the work “Rectory garden in Nuenen in spring”, was at the Singer Laren on loan from the Groninger museum, also in the Netherlands, for a temporary exhibition. In 1883 and 1884 Van Gogh was with his parents in Nuenen, where his father was a Protestant pastor of the church depicted in the painting, and the artist created the painting as a gift for his mother. Upon his father’s death in 1885, Vincent modified the painting.
Virtual tour of Van Gogh’s works
In these days of lockdown and forced closure of museums we can however console ourselves by starting a virtual and close-up tour of Van Gogh’s most famous works, kept in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam: discover here how to see all the paintings of the Dutch painter
Vincent Van Gogh, Self-portrait
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