Monday, March 7, 2016

A Painting Mystery!

Landscape Painting by Allen Cochran

One of my wonderful students at the Indianapolis Art Center, Jerome Steketee, purchased this lovely little landscape painting in the early 1980s.  It was created by an Ohio artist named Allen Cochran (1888-1971).  Imagine his surprise when he recently went to have it cleaned and it was discovered to have another separate painting tucked inside the back of the frame!

This is the mysterious portrait that they found:
Portrait of a Mystery Man by artist Allen Cochran
Who was this gentleman?  Why was the portrait covered up and forgotten?  Did Cochran decide he didn't like the painting or did the patron not pay him for the commission?  Questions, questions!

We will probably never know who our mysterious gentleman was but needless to say if you have a lead on solving this mystery let me know!  In the meantime I'll have to write a book about who I imagine this guy to be.

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
-Neil Armstrong


  1. interesting story. good luck finding out about the second painting.

  2. Thanks- it seems like hunting for a needle in a haystack but you never know!


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