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Hungarian masterpiece spotted in Stuart Little film to be auctioned | World news | The Guardian

On Saturday night, the undisputed main attraction will be Róbert Berény's exquisite Sleeping Lady with Black Vase, a previously lost art deco portrait of his second wife, Eta, that was spotted in the background of the children's movie Stuart Little and has shone the international spotlight once again on the Hungarian painter.

Even the film's star, Hugh Laurie, was moved to tweet last week that he had been a "little hurt to discover the foreground performances couldn't hold the attention". "But still," he wrote, "what an honour."

It was art historian Gergely Barki who identified the lost work five years ago after reluctantly switching the film on to appease his bored daughter at Christmas. "It was the best Christmas present for an art historian," he said.

Hungary's stormy 20th century played a part in the scattering of Berény's works - and relatives. Barki, who has rediscovered many of the country's lost paintings, believes the painting is likely to have been sold in 1928 in Hungary "because that was when it was last exhibited and as most of the buyers were Jewish, it probably left the country as a result of the war".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:39:07 PM EST
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