Vincent van Gogh, painting with an estimated value of up to £5m has been stolen from a Dutch museum currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Police said the painting with an estimated value of up to £5m was stolen on Monday at the Singer Laren Museum in what appeared to be a smash-and-grab from the front entrance.
The thieves took Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring after smashing through the front glass door of the Singer Laren museum.
The museum’s director, Jan Rudolph de Lorm, said he was “incredibly pissed off” after thieves stole the painting, which had been on loan from the Groninger Museum.
“This is exactly what you don’t want as a museum that has a painting on loan.
“A beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest painters, stolen from the community … This must come back as soon as possible, so that we can enjoy and be comforted by this beautiful art again. Art deserves to be seen and shared by us, the community.”
The painting was stolen on the day Van Gogh was born 167 years ago.
The painting of a vicarage garden is one of a series of works by Van Gogh between 1883 and 1884 when he was with his parents in Nuenen, where the Dutch artist’s father was a minister.
The painter who was among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art