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Stolen Van Gogh painting returned to Dutch museum

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The painting will be available for public viewing from March 29 at the Groninger Museum in the Northern Netherlands.

An 1884 painting of a young Vincent van Gogh that was stolen four years ago will go on public display in March. ARTnews reported this.

For many years, the whereabouts of the painting “Rectoral Garden in Nuenen in Spring” was unknown, despite the fact that the person who stole it, nicknamed “Niels M”, and the possible customer, Peter Roy K. , is serving prison sentences.

At the end of last year, the scene was discovered by art detective Arthur Brand, who previously became famous for his investigations related to Picasso’s painting “Bust of a Woman” and Oscar Wilde’s ring.

According to the detective, one night last year he heard a knock on the door. When he opened it, the unknown man handed Brand a crumpled blue IKEA bag and then fled. Inside, a detective discovers a Van Gogh painting, and his colleague videotapes the unpacking and then verifies the painting’s authenticity.

The meeting was pre-arranged and the police were alerted. According to Arthur Brand, the painting was probably constantly being passed around in criminal circles, and no one wanted to sell it. The value of the work is estimated between 3 and 6 million euros, but this amount is not worth the possible risks for the seller.

It is noted that the painting has damage – a large white scratch on the bottom of the canvas. He was the result of a robbery. The curator of the painting at the Rotterdam Museum, Marjan de Visser, said it was seriously damaged and that it “went through all the layers, varnish, paint, and then the ground.”

All dust and dirt were removed from the canvas, and possible restoration options were explored.

It was previously reported that a painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, considered lost for nearly 100 years, has been found in Vienna.

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