167년 전 바로 오늘 홀랜드의 후기인상파 화가 판 호흐
(밴 고흐, 방 고그, Vincent van Gogh, 1853.3.30 ~ 1890.7.29)가 태어났다.
우선 그의 167번째 생일을 축하하고. Happy Birthday to You, Vincent van Gogh!!!
그래서 뭘 하나 올려볼까 했는데 김이셌네. 그의 제수씨에 대해서 (meaning 테오의 부인)
암스텔담(Amsterdam, Netherlands)의 미술관에서 고흐의 풍경화 1점을 지난
밤새에 도난당했다는 뉴스가 아트넷(ArtNet)에 떴다. 이게 무슨 조화람.
도난을 당한 그림은 "봄철 뉴넨 목사관의 정원"(The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring, 1884, 유화)이다.
1883년부터 1885년까지 판 호흐의 아버지가 뉴넨 교회(덧치 개혁교회)의 목사직을 맏고 계셨는데
작품에서 그 교회가 멀리 중앙에 자리잡고 있다.
판 호흐가 뉴넨에서 부모들과 살때를 '뉴넨 시기"(Nuenen Period, December 5, 1883 - November 24, 1885)라고
코로나바이러스로 휴관이 된 미술관에 오늘 새벽 3시 15분경에 정문의 큰 유리창을 깨고 들어와
그림을 가지고 도주를 했고 침입/도난경보를 듣고 경찰이 도착했을때는 범인은 이미
현장에서 사라진 후였다고 한다. stay tuned!
이 그림은 원래 그로닝거 미술관(Groninger Museum)의 소장품인데 싱거 라렌 미술관의
특별전시회를 위하여 대여해 준 작품이라고 한다.
8000여점의 미술품을 소장하고 있는 싱거 라렌 미술관에서 다른 미술품들도 같이 도난을 당했는지는
아직 확실히 밝혀지지가 않았다.
기자회견중인 싱거 라렌 미술관의 관장
판 호흐가 뉴넨시절에 그린 아버지가 섬기던 교회
(Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen, 1885, 유화)
Opportunistic Thieves Just Stole a Prized Van Gogh Landscape From a Locked-Down Dutch Museum Under Cover of Night
The painting was on loan from another Netherlands museum.
Thieves have taken advantage of the distraction provided by the public health situation to steal a prize Vincent van Gogh painting from a museum in the Netherlands. Under cover of darkness, the bandits targeted the Singer Laren museum in Laren, east of Amsterdam, and made off with the Dutch master’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring (1884) while the institution was closed to the public.
“I am extremely pissed off that this happened,” the museum’s director Jan Rudolph de Lorm said at a press conference on Monday. “This is a huge blow. This is extremely difficult, especially in these times.”
The break-in at the museum happened in the early hours of Monday morning, at around 3:15 a.m. The thieves smashed a large glass door at the front of the museum to access the building. Police reached the scene after the museum’s alarm was triggered, but the perpetrators had vanished by the time they arrived, according to a statement from the local authorities.
To add insult to injury, the painting does not even belong to the museum?it was on loan from the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, according to the police. The 1884 work was the only painting by Van Gogh in the Groninger Museum’s collection. It was painted when Van Gogh was living in Neunen, where his father was a pastor, between 1883 and 1885, and depicts the ruins of the village church, which the artist could see from his father’s house. (The date of the theft also happens to be the artist’s birthday: he was born on March 30, 1853.)
“The Groninger Museum is shocked by the news,” the museum said in a statement. A spokesperson declined to comment further, citing the police investigation.
Police have launched a criminal investigation and are reviewing security footage and questioning local residents. They have also launched a broader appeal for information and are requesting any security footage captured by other cameras in the neighborhood. Laren is one of the most affluent towns in the Netherlands.
It is unclear whether anything else was stolen from the Singer Laren’s 3,000-piece collection. The museum was established in 1954 by Anna Singer, the widow of the American painter William Singer, to showcase their collection. It includes works by Dutch artists Jan Toorop, Chris Beekman, and Herman Kruyder, among others. Most Dutch museums shuttered on March 14 in an effort to preserve public health; the Singer Laren museum is closed until June 1.