Indianapolis Museum Of Art Tied To Hollywood Movie

By Ian Hoover- NBC33

Credit: Courtesy of Indianapolis Museum of Art Website

Indianapolis Museum Of Art Tied To Hollywood Movie

February 9, 2014 Updated Feb 9, 2014 at 1:28 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (NBC33) -- The Indianapolis Museum of Art has discovered it has a tie to the new movie "The Monuments Men", according to WTHR out of Indianapolis.

In the movie a group of men gather together to retrieve pieces of art that were stolen by the Nazis throughout their reign of power in Germany. During this mission the group recovered a painting by Frech Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, a contemporary and associate of Vincent Van Gogh.

That painting by Gauguin now rests at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The painting was found by Thomas Carr Howe Jr. who actually went to high school in Indianapolis. He found the painting on his very first solo mission as a "Monuments Man" when he was sent to a town in Bavaria where a stockpile of paintings were being kept by Hungarian Nazis.

The painting was eventually returned to the widow of the original owner . The Indianapolis Museum of Art acquired the painting in 1998.

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