Theresa Bernstein

MAR 1 Today is the birthday of Theresa Bernstein. “A celebrated raconteur and art activist, the long-lived Theresa Bernstein may be the only artist to have made and exhibited work in every decade of the twentieth century. Exhibiting during the 1910s, Bernstein witnessed critics compare her work to that of Robert Henri and his circle for its forceful brushwork and realist approach. Despite this early acclaim, as is true for most women artists of her generation, Bernstein’s work has not yet received the attention it deserves. Nonetheless, her work has gradually made its way into important museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philips Collection, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among many others. Bernstein remained committed to figuration throughout her long career. Her desire was always to connect with real life and to be a painter of the people.”

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