New York / Massachusetts (1890-2002)


Oil on board / Signed lower right
Housed in a reproduction giltwood American Impressionist frame

New York : Empire City. Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 

bearing affixed paper label verso


Museums : 22, including Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Victoria & Albert, London; Whitney Museum of American Art


Boldly painted in directional impasto manner, this small figurative image depicts life in Central Park

in the early 20th century.  The strength of the work is exactly what Ms. Bernstein was so well known for :

"rapid, fluid brushwork, innovative color play, and fresh approach";

"plein-air landscape painting with startling color contrasts and bright accents of light".

The combination of energetic contrasts of light, line, freedom and precision in the work are completely

arresting, as well as the simple examination of life and activities in a more romanticized era gone by -

executed with passion but without sentimentality. 


Ms. Bernstein lived to be 111 years old.  A member of the Ash Can School as early as 1910,

she continued to produce "vibrant canvases" for 8 more decades.

We are pleased to offer this exceptional "vibrant canvas".


Image Size : 9" Wide x 11.5" High

Framed Size : 15.75" x 18.5"


PRICE : Please Inquire










Birth place: Philadelphia, PA / Death place: New York, NY

Addresses: NYC; East Gloucester, MA, 1998

Profession: Painter, writer, etcher


Studied: Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College) with Henry B. Snell, Eliot Daingerfield, Daniel Garber, Harriet Sartain, Sam Murray, 1907-11; Art Students League with William Merritt Chase


Exhibited: Art Institute of Chicago, 1914-40; Greene Traveling Fellowship; Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1916-38; National Academy of Design, 1916-46; Soc. Independent Artists, 1918-44 (except for 1932); Milch Gallery, NYC, 1919 (first solo); Corcoran Gallery, 1921-41; Philadelphia Plastic Club, 1925 (Shilliard Gold Medal); Sesqui-Centennial Intern. Expo, Philadelphia 1926; French Institute of Art & Letters (Jeanne d'Arc Medal); Dayton Art Institute, 1930-38; Whitney Museum of American Art, 1935-39; National Association of Women Artists (jury awards, 1938-59); American Color Print Society (prize); Philadelphia Print Club (prize); Golden Gate Exhibition, 1939; Carnegie Institute; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Art; Brooklyn Museum; Whitney Museum of Art, 1930-39; American Painters, Metropolitan Museum of Art,1950; Smithsonian Institute,1956; Grand Central Gallery, NYC and Bar Harbor (ME) Gallery, 1970s; North Shore Art Association, 1971 (Johnson award); NYC Works Progress Administration Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, 1977; Stamford Museum (Centennial Exhibition) 1990; Museum of the City of NY, 1990; J. Whalen Fine Arts, NYC, 1998 (70-year retrospective); Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA, 1998 (retrospective, "The Philadelphia Ten"); Salons of America


Member: North Shore Art Association (charter member); American Color Print Society; Society of Artists and Etchers; Society of Independent Artists; Gloucester Society of Arts; Cape Anne Fine Arts; Plastic Club; Ten Philadelphia Painters; National Association of Women Artists ; Audubon Artists Am. (jury member, 1950-); SAGA; Allied Artists America; NY Society of Women Artists (director,1928-).


Work: Art Institute of Chicago; Library of Congress; PMG; Brooklyn Museum; Princeton University; Dayton Art Institute; Whitney Museum of American Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Harvard University; Phillips Art Gallery, Washington, DC; National Museum, Smithsonian Institute Commissions: First Orchestra in Am., Treasury Department for Mannhein, PA, 1940; portrait of Prof. David Lyons, Harvard Univ. Biblical Mus. Faculty, 1954; portrait of Pro. Robert Pheiffer, Harvard Universty, 1956; portrait of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah, 1959.


Comments: A realist painter and expressive colorist known for her urban and shoreline scenes. In 1998, at age 108, she revealed that her secret to longevity was, "I don't count." Married to painter and etcher William Meyerowitz for 62 years. Teaching: director, summer art course, Gloucester, MA, 1932-69. Works Progress Administration artist. Publications: William Meyerowitz (1958); History of Jewish Artists (1958, Zukunft); History of Cape Ann Artists (Gloucester Times, 1970); History North Shore AA (1972); History New York Soc. of Women Artists (1972).


Sources: Who’s Who 1973; Who’s Who 1947; J. B. Nelson, article, Int. Studio (1925); Dorothy Adlow, article, Christian Science Monitor (1929); E.A. Jenell, articles, New York Times, (1945); Menorah Journal (1948); Pisano, One Hundred Years...the National Association of Women Artists, 30; New York City WPA Art, 9 (w/repros.); Talbott and Sidney, The Philadelphia Ten.


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Theresa Bernstein, MY / MA, 1890-2002, Sunny Path, Central Park, c1917, oil on canvas