Art historian found missing painting in film
Art historian from Budapest Gergely Barki has found the missing painting of the 1920s while watching children’s film, according to Vanity Fair. Employee of the National Gallery in Budapest, art expert Gergely Barki and daughter watched the movie “Stuart Little”, filmed in 1999. In one scene, he noticed a painting of the Hungarian avant-garde artist Robert Bereny called “Sleeping woman with black vase.” “The picture appears in the film several times, so I was able to make sure I was not going crazy,” – said Barki about the find.
Gergely Barki contacted the Sony Pictures film companies and Columbia Pictures, the producers of the picture. Several years have been spent on it to go to the artist-decorator of “Stuart Little.” It turned out that she bought the picture for $ 500 at the antiques store in California directly for filming.
Not fully understanding the value of their findings, decorator returned the painting to Hungary, and 13 December the paintings is planned to be sold at auction in Budapest. Initial price is 110 thousand dollars. Artist Robert Bereny (1887 – 1953) contributed to the spread of ideas in Hungary cubism and expressionism. His work is highly valued by experts and the public. There Bereny had many famous admirers among famous female stars: in 1920 in Berlin, the artist had an affair with Marlene Dietrich, and he is credited with love story with an adventurer posing herself as Grand Duchess Anastasia – the daughter of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.
Stuart Little, 1999: