Police make intriguing art find during investigation

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Metropolitan police are trying to gauge the authenticity of a rare painting found during a domestic dispute between roommates.

On Thursday, July 25, officers arrived at a south side home to break up the dispute. During the investigation, they came across a unique painting that appeared to be by Henri Matisse, widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

According to a report from IMPD, the painting had a label identifying it as being from “the Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary E. Johnston, 1937.”

When asked about the piece, a woman told officers that the painting had been stolen “years ago on a meth deal gone bad.” She said the person who stole it was in prison.

The French artist’s paintings are highly sought by art collectors and original works can go for millions of dollars. In October, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will debut an exhibit dedicated to Matisse’s works that will include paintings, sculptures and other works.

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