About this artwork
In The Milliners, Theresa Bernstein explored the aesthetic qualities of community and concentration, depicting a group of women sewing accessories on hats. The window at upper left suggests that they are in a city apartment, and therefore undertaking piecework at home to earn extra income.
An important voice in early American modernism, Bernstein celebrated the vibrancy and dignity of immigrant and working-class experiences in 20th-century New York. Born in Krakow, she trained at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, a noted center for female professionalism in the arts. Bernstein pursued a dynamic style of realism throughout her long career, working well past the age of 100.
- Theresa F. Bernstein
- The Milliners
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed and dated upper right: T Bernstein 21
- 102.2 × 127.6 cm (40 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.)
- Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff