Born in Philadelphia, Theresa Bernstein showed art talent front childhood and became an early female modernist painter whose reputation faded during the era of the New York School but ascended in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Of modernist art, she said: "I couldn't warm up to cubes and triangles-they didn't have enough life for me". (Sternberg 21)
In April, 2000, Theresa Bernstein's book titled "Rabbitville" was published, a collection of drawings and stories the artist started in the 1930s to entertain children who posed for her.
In 1907, Theresa Bernstein enrolled in the Philadelphia School of Design for Women where she studied with Harriet Sartain, Elliott Daingerfield, Henry Snell, Daniel Garber, and Samuel Murray. In 1912, she settled in New York, and her early work was "Ashcan" School or Social Realist style, but she became known for impressionist, "frolicking" beach scenes.
Theresa Bernstein exhibited extensively with the National Academy of Design, (but never was elected a member), and the Society of Independent Artists and was a charter member of the New York Society of Women Artists. Her husband was artist, William Meyerwitz, and they summered in Gloucester where she completed many of her beach scenes.
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