16 March 2006
DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS -- An early Van Gogh painting, The Willow, stolen in May 1999 has been recovered and returned to its owner, F. van Lanschot Bankiers', the oldest bank in the Netherlands.
The work, painted between the autumn of 1884 and the spring of 1885 during Van Gogh's Nuenen period, was stolen from a meeting room at the bank's headquarters. Few details have been given about the return of the painting, although two men, age 25 and 33, are being questioned by police.
Representatives of Van Lanschot were pleased at the painting's recovery and are currently considering a more secure place to display the Van Gogh.