Indy police: Art in apartment not an original

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indianapolis police responding to a dispute between roommates thought they might have a much bigger case when an officer recognized what looked like a painting by Henri Matisse.

The painting had a label saying it was from the Cincinnati Art Museum.

But Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Lt. Chris Bailey says authorities learned the painting wasn’t the original when they called the museum and were told the painting by the French artist was hanging where it belongs.

Bailey says officers still believe the artwork spotted in an apartment Thursday might be stolen, although not an original. He says one of the roommates reported they had been given the painting by a man now in prison.

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