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Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

The director named the stolen work as the 'Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring', an 1884 painting that is one of a series made when the artist was staying at his father's house.

This handout picture released on March 30, 2020 by the Groningen Museum shows Vincent van Gogh's 1884 painting "Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring" which was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum in Laren, about 30 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam, closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum's director. Picture: Marten de Leeuw / Groninger Museum / AFP.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Thieves stole a painting by Vincent van Gogh after breaking into a Dutch museum closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, the museum's director said Monday.

"There has been a break-in last night and a painting by Van Gogh was stolen," said Evert van Os of the Singer Laren Museum, in Laren, about 30 kilometres southeast of Amsterdam.

The director named the stolen work as the 'Parsonage Garden at Neunen in Spring', an 1884 painting that is one of a series made when the artist was staying at his father's house.

The painting has an estimated value of between one to six million euros, local media said.

The criminals entered the museum at around 3.15 am (0115 GMT) by breaking open a front glass door, police and Dutch news reports said.

The museum's 3,000 works also include works by Dutch abstract master Piet Mondrian and Dutch-Indonesian painter Jan Toorop, as well as a casting of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin.

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