When art historian Gergely Barki sat down to watch the 1999 children’s movie Stuart Little on television with his daughter in the winter of 2009, he didn’t expect to find a long-lost masterpiece.
But there it was on the wall behind the actors: Robert Bereny’s “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase,” an avant-garde work of art that had been missing for decades.
“I went to the television and tried to clean the windscreen. Is it real?” Barki said in an interview with ABC News.
"I knew this painting only from a black-and-white photograph," Barki told As It Happens host Carol Off. “[Seeing it in Stuart Little] was the first time I saw the painting in colour. It was really shocking.”
Bereny, known for cubism and expressionism, was considered one of the leading artists in early-1900s Hungary. Barki believes the painting went missing when its last-known buyer, who purchased it at an exhibition in 1928, left Hungary before or during the second world war.
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