The artwork was stolen Monday from the Singer Laren museum outside of Amsterdam, according to Netherlands Police. The thieves smashed a glass door to get into the museum at around 3:15 a.m., police said. The break-in triggered an alarm but the thieves had already escaped by the time police showed up.
The painting was called Spring Garden, the vicarage garden in Nuenen in the spring. It was at the museum on loan from another museum in the area.
The museum has been closed since March 12 amid sweeping lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Netherlands.
“I’m shocked and unbelievably annoyed that this has happened,” said Jan Rudolph de Lorm, Singer Laren museum director, in a statement.
Evert van Os, the museum’s general director, said he was “angry, shocked, sad” to learn of the theft.
Police are appealing to nearby residents for security footage of the incident.
Van Gogh, who struggled with mental illness throughout his life, was staying with his parents when he painted Spring Garden in Nuenen in 1884. He was 31 years old at the time.
The value of the painting is unknown.
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—With files from The Associated Press and Reuters