Stolen Van Gogh’s allowed to return to the Netherlands
Two paintings of Vincent van Gogh, view of the sea at Scheveningen (1882) and The issuance of the Reformed Church in Nuenen (1884/85), may return to the Netherlands.
That is the result of a court ruling in Italy, reports the Van Gogh Museum on Thursday.
The cloths in 2002 were stolen from the museum in Amsterdam. At the end of september 2016, it was announced that the paintings in Italy were found during a major investigation into the Camorra, the mafia in Naples.
They were in the hands of one of the most criminal gangs. Up to Thursday there was an attachment on the work, which served as evidence, but the judge has lifted.
Director Alex Rüger of the Van Gogh Museum is pleased to have the paintings back. “In the short term, in Italy, the formal transfer can take place. There is still no exact date, but is expected to happen soon,” Rüger said.
Also minister Jet Bussemaker (Culture) mentions the great news that the paintings will soon return to the Netherlands. “In all likelihood, everyone, young and old, soon again to enjoy these works in the Van Gogh Museum”, hopes Bussemaker.
At the end of september, it was already known that the one painting, view of the sea at Scheveningen, what damage has. The other work is more or less intact. Of the two paintings missing from the list.
According to a spokeswoman, the two paintings, once in the Netherlands they are, in their current state, presented to the public, so with damage and without list. That happens as possible, in vritrines. After some time, they will be restored. They expected that the Van Gogh’s still this spring to be transferred.
That so quickly and smoothly it can happen, is due to “the good cooperation between Italy and the Netherlands”, according to minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs.