Missing Painting Found in ‘Stuart Little’

By: Natali Cavanagh

After nearly 90 years of searching, a famous Hungarian painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase, was found in the most unlikely of places. The last thing Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery, expected to see while watching the movie, Stuart Little, was this Robert Bereny masterpiece residing in the Little’s living room. After attempting to contact Sony Pictures regarding the painting for two years, Barki finally received confirmation that it was the original piece that had gone missing in the 1920s. Apparently the set designer who bought the work had found it in an antique shop in California, thinking it would add an “avant-garde elegance” to the Little’s home. The painting is now owned by a private collector, who has taken it to an auction in Budapest.