Vincent Van Gogh‘s masterpiece “Spring Garden, the vicarage garden in Nuenen in the spring” was taken out of the Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam at about 3:15AM this morning., according to a statement from Netherlands Police.
The thief broke a glass door to get into the museum, triggering an alarm, but by the time officers arrived no one was in or near the museum. The suspect is still on the run.
Police were asking residents who live near the museum to share security camera footage.
Museum General Director Evert van Os said the institution that houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer is “angry, shocked, sad” at the theft of the painting.
“I’m shocked and unbelievably annoyed that this has happened,” Singer Laren museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm echoed.
“Unbelievably annoyed!” HA! I’ll bet!
The museum had been shuttered to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The value of the work, which was on loan from the Groninger Museum in the northern Dutch city of Groningen, was not immediately known.
And funny coincidence that today is his birthday and our WOW correspondent Stephen Rutledge had just been posting about him!