Stolen Van Gogh painting remains missing after suspect arrested

How many individuals does it take to steal a useful Van Gogh portray? Only one, apparently. A 58-year previous suspect has been arrested in relation to the latest theft of two work, one among which being an early Van Gogh. 

On March 30 2020, Vincent van Gogh’s The Parsonage Backyard at Nuenen in Spring was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum. Arriving on a bike within the early hours of the morning, the thief used a sledgehammer to interrupt via the museum’s bolstered glass entrance door.

Though the museum was closed on the time to help pandemic efforts, the alarm went off at 3AM CEST and triggered a raid. Regardless of the fast response by police, the suspect ran out of the constructing with the portray tucked below his arm.

Suspect arrested

Whereas COVID restrictions could also be easing up with the strategy of spring, the vigilance of the Dutch police definitely shouldn’t be. An unnamed 58-year previous man was arrested in his residence city of Baarn on Tuesday. The stolen masterpieces, nevertheless, stay misplaced.

Pictures distributed in mafia circles

Arthur Model, fondly known as “the Indiana Jones of the artwork world” together with his capability to uncover misplaced work, attained {a photograph} of Van Gogh’s stolen portray posed subsequent to a New York Occasions article printed on the day of the theft. With Model’s assist, police now know this {photograph} has been distributed in mafia circles.

These verified “proof of life” footage (taken of the portray in an undisclosed location) present a brand new scratch on the portray’s backside. Police consider this harm befell the work in the course of the thief’s escape from the museum. In these images, the again of the paintings could be seen; including Model’s verification of authenticity.

A valued mortgage

As if the theft of the coveted Van Gogh isn’t distressing sufficient, including to the pressure of the scenario is that the portray was on mortgage from the Groninger Museum and was the one piece by Van Gogh on this museum’s assortment.

The Parsonage Backyard at Nuenen in Spring is of the location of a vicarage backyard and was produced by Van Gogh between 1883 and 1884. What’s worse is that this oil portray was seized on Van Gogh’s 167th birthday. Speak about a coincidence…

Painting-of-two-boys-laughing-by-Frans-Hals
This marks the third time this portray was stolen. Picture: DIRECTMEDIA/Wikimedia Commons/Public Area

Sadly, this work shouldn’t be the one Dutch masterpiece suspected to have been stolen by the recently-arrested suspect. The Seventeenth-century Frans Hals’ piece, titled Two Laughing Boys, was kidnapped in August from the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden Museum in Leerdam, simply 5 months after Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Backyard at Nuenen in Spring was taken.

Regardless of the arrest of the suspect, police report that neither work have resurfaced. Each have been added to Interpol’s worldwide checklist of stolen artworks.

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Characteristic Picture: Groninger Museum/Press Launch.

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