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‘Spring Garden’ of Van Gogh Stolen on Late’s 167 Birthday


Tue 31 Mar 2020 | 12:22 PM
Nour El-Hoda Fouad

Amid the panic sweeping the whole world over the fears of a coronavirus outbreak, thieves managed to steal one of the paintings of the Dutch born global late painter Vincent Van Gogh, at 3 am on Monday, which coincides with his 167th birthday.

The painting known as "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884" or "Spring Garden" was placed in the Singer Laren Museum in Amsterdam and borrowed from the Groninger Museum in Northern Ireland, before the last pandemic that forced officials to close the museum on March 12.

Apparently, the thieves, whose numbers were not known, took advantage of closure and the country’s security concerns over corona, and stormed the museum.

They broke a glass door and the sirens sounded, before the museum's security men rushed inside, however, the painting was already stolen within minutes, and surveillance cameras were unable to monitor anything that happened.

It is not the first incident of the museum that had previously been stolen in 2007, while the police then succeeded in regaining the stolen pieces after a few days, which included a number of sculptures such as the statue of the bronze thinker by the artist August Odin.

As for the stolen piece this time, its value is estimated at millions, although it is not specifically priced, and it is an oil painting showing a garden surrounded by trees, through which a man in a coat runs a path while a church appears in the background.

It was drawn by Van Gogh, born on March 30, 1853, after he returned to his family during Winter 1884 in one of Ireland's villages, when he also drew the famous painting "Potato Eaters".