Groninger Museum to celebrate stolen Van Gogh painting a year after the theft

This Tuesday, the Groninger Museum will be one year old since Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting The Parish Garden in Nuenen was stolen. The famous painting from 1884 was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum on March 30, 2020, the artist’s 167th birthday.

The painting was on loan to the Noord-Holland-Museum when a thief opened a glass door with a kind of sledgehammer at around 3:15 a.m. Surveillance cameras showed the suspect running through the gift shop and breaking open another glass door. Soon after, the person fled the building with the framed Van Gogh in one arm and the blunt object in the other hand.

The Groninger Museum has decided to pay tribute to the painting by showing it on a special website created for the occasion and published on Tuesday. It is used to share stories and background information about the painting. Facts and information were provided by researcher Teio Meedendorp from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

“Short, detailed texts and photos of pen drawings and fragments from Van Gogh’s letters give an insight into the origins of the painting. For example, you can read how the church was portrayed, how Van Gogh ended up in the rectory with his parents, or about his studio, ”a museum spokesman told newswire ANP.

No arrests were made in the case. The whereabouts of the painting is unknown.

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