An official said that a 58-year-old man was arrested in the Netherlands because he allegedly painted two paintings by Dutch masters Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from a museum closed by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Reuters, police spokesman Maren Wonder announced in a video on Tuesday that the man had been arrested in Baarn, 25 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam.
No details of the unnamed suspect were disclosed.
Wanda said these paintings-Van Gogh’s “Spring in Nunen’s Priest’s Garden” and Hals’s “Two Laughing Boys”-have not yet been retracted, and appealed to the public to seek help to find their location.
According to reports, Van Gogh’s valuation was as high as 6.6 million U.S. dollars, and Hals’s painting dates back to 1
The Dutch police statement said: “For months, under the leadership of the public prosecution agency, an in-depth investigation into the robbery of the two paintings has been conducted.
According to Agence France-Presse, Van Gogh was stolen from the Singh Laren Museum near Amsterdam on March 30 (the 167th birthday of the 19th-century painter) and was closed due to coronavirus measures.
“Priest Garden” comes from the early days of the master’s career, before he started to create post-impressionist paintings such as “Sunflowers”.
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According to AFP report, “Two Laughing Boys” were stolen during a burglary at the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden museum in Leerdam in August.
This painting, featuring two smiling boys and a glass of beer, was previously stolen from the same museum in 2011 and 1988. The painting was recovered after six months and three years.
Dutch art detective Arthur Brand was dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the art world” for discovering a large number of lost paintings and praised the masterpieces of the police.
Brand said on Twitter: “This is another great success for the Dutch police.” “The plot has become thicker…”
Van Gogh’s paintings are often targeted by criminals.
Two years ago, his work was stolen in 2002 and re-exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam two years ago.
Italian investigators discovered these paintings during a 2016 search of the residence of a notorious Mafia drug bar near Naples: “Seascape of Scheveningen” in 1882 and “Congregation Leaving Nuenen Reformed Church on 1884/5” “. Agence France-Presse reported.
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After a Dutch criminal reached an agreement with the prosecutor, three Van Goghs stolen from the Nord Brabant Museum in 1990 later surfaced.
Hals is a contemporary painter of Rembrandt and Vermeer in the Dutch Golden Age. His most famous works include the “Laughing Knight” in the Wallace Collection in London and the “Gypsy Girl” in the Louvre in Paris.
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