'How do you just lose a painting like that?': Detroit museum packed in wake of van Gogh controversy
Visitors file past at the Van Gogh painting "Liseuse De Romans"– also known as "The Novel Reader"– during the Van Gogh in America exhibit at the Detroit institute of Arts, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. - Andy Morrison/The Detroit News/TNS

DETROIT — Cheryle Van Wert said she can't fathom how a $5 million Vincent van Gogh painting could have disappeared for six years before turning up at the Detroit Institute of Arts — but she said she drove 100 miles Sunday from Saginaw to the museum to see for herself the artwork that's the subject of a federal lawsuit. "I thought it was wonderful," Van Wert said of Vincent Van Gogh's, "Liseuse De Romans" — also known as "The Novel Reader" or "The Reading Lady" ― an 1888 oil painting by the Dutch Post-Impressionist master. "But how do you just lose a painting like that? Someone stole it and it ...