Vincent Van Gogh’s expressive painting entitled “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring (1884)” housed in Singer Laren Museum, Netherlands, was stolen last March 30, 2020, amid pandemic lockdowns. The 25cm by 57cm oil-on-paper painting features a person standing in a garden girdled by trees with a church tower in the backdrop. The artwork dates to a time when the artist had relocated back to his family in a rural area of the Netherlands and painted the life he noticed there, including his famous work The Potato Eaters, in mostly shaded tones.
Surprisingly, there’s a new surveillance brought out that captured the thief who broke into the museum. It showed from the moment the suspect arrived using a motorbike and the hour he left when stealing the work of art. According to The Guardian: “The burglar broke through a number of doors and several layers of security that had been approved by security experts. The footage released does not, therefore, allow any conclusions to be drawn as to the quality of security at Singer Laren.”
“The burglar broke through a number of doors and several layers of security that had been approved by security experts,” – Evert van Os, Singer Laren.
Van Os said the museum would bring lessons from the robbery but “at the moment, however, the only thing that matters is that the footage should yield useful tips and that the painting should be returned undamaged to the Groninger Museum as soon as possible”.