Van Gogh’s Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring was stolen from the Singer Laren museum recently. The museum had been closed to visitors recently because of the COVID 10 pandemic. Thieves smashed the front door glass and entered the museum at a little after 3:00 am on Sunday. The museum alarm was triggered, but the police were too late. By the time they arrived, the bandits were gone.
A statement by the museum’s director, Jan Rudolph de Lorm, was made over a YouTube broadcast where he said he was “incredibly pissed off” by the theft of the painting. Not only was the stolen painting valued at an estimated $6 million, but it was taken on the same day Van Gogh was born 167 years ago in 1953.
The painting by Van Gogh was produced in 1884 and featured his father’s vicarage garden in Nuenen, where Van Gogh had moved back in with his family in the Netherlands. Van Gogh also painted The Potato Eaters during this time when he was producing much more somber works. He would later end up moving to southern France, where he would develop a more colorful and vibrant style.