Dutch police Tuesday arrested a 58-year-old man suspected of stealing two paintings by Dutch painters Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums in the Netherlands.
The works, entitled “Nuenen Parish Garden in Spring” and “Two Young Boys Laughing”, respectively, have not yet been found, the police said in a statement.
The suspect, originally from Baarn, in the center of the Netherlands, was arrested this Wednesday morning at home, the police added, classifying the detention as “an important stage” of the investigation.
“For months, intensive investigations into the theft of cadres have been carried out under the direction of the Public Prosecutor’s Office,” ultimately leading to the arrest of the suspect, the same source added.
Van Gogh’s “Nuenen Parish Garden”, dated 1884, was stolen on the night of March 30, 2020 at the Singer Laren museum, located about 30 kilometers from Amsterdam and which was closed due to the covid pandemic. -19.
The theft occurred on the same day of the month in which the post-Impressionist Dutch master was born 167 years ago, March 30, 1853.
The value of the painting is estimated at between one and six million euros, according to Arthur Brand, a Dutch art expert.
The art specialist received two photographs of the painting two months after the theft, accompanied by a date from the New York Times, proving, according to himself, that the stolen work still exists.
The painting of the master of the golden age of Dutch painting Frans Hals was stolen five months after Van Gohg’s work at the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden museum in Leerdam.
The painting, which depicts two young people laughing with a clay bottle, had already been stolen from the same museum in 2011 and in 1988, having been recovered after six months and three years, respectively.