More than three years after it was stolen, a Dutch art detective delivered a Vincent van Gogh painting to a museum on Tuesday.
On his Instagram account, Arthur Brand, who is referred to as the “Indiana Jones of the Art World,” made an announcement regarding the reopening of “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring,” also referred to as “Spring Garden.” He returned the work of art to the Groninger Exhibition hall chief.
Brand wrote, “A great day for all Van Gogh lovers worldwide.”
Brand stated that he collaborated closely with Dutch authorities to recover the 1884 work of van Gogh. On March 30, 2020, Van Gogh’s birthday, it was stolen from The Singer Laren museum, where it was being displayed. At the time of the theft, the museum was closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Police captured a 58-year-old suspect in 2021, yet the canvas stayed missing. Brand didn’t share insights concerning how the canvas was at long last recuperated. Andreas Blühm, director of the Groninger Museum, also did not go into detail about the recovery, despite the fact that he stated that Brand was an important player in the case.
According to Blühm, “The Groninger Museum is extremely happy and relieved that the work is back.” It is right now following in some admirable people’s footsteps in the Van Gogh Historical center.”
In the coming months, the artwork will be scientifically examined. Although it “could take weeks, if not months,” the Groninger Museum stated that it hopes to have the painting back on display soon.
“The work of art has endured, yet is – from the beginning – still in great shape,” the gallery composed.
“The Parsonage Nursery at Nuenen in Spring” was painted in 1884. It’s an oil on paper painting portraying an individual encompassed by trees, with a congregation tower behind the scenes. The artwork is the main van Gogh work in the Groninger Exhibition hall’s assortment.
CBS News has contacted police in the Netherlands for extra subtleties on the canvas’ recuperation.
One of Brand’s accomplishments is returning a Roman statue that was stolen last year. The model had been taken from Musee du Pays Chatillonnais in December of 1973. He likewise recuperated Salvador Dali’s “Youthfulness,” a Picasso painting and “Hitler’s Ponies,” molds that once remained external the Nazi chief’s Berlin chancellery.
The craftsmanship investigator in 2017 told “CBS Mornings” that he’s facilitated manages psychological militant gatherings, the mafia and a large number of obscure characters to find pieces on the underground market.
“On one hand you have the police, insurance agency, gatherers, and then again you have the hoodlums, the workmanship cheats and the counterfeiters. So there are two distinct sort of universes, and they don’t impart. So I put myself in the center,” Brand said.