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The Milliners

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1921

Artist:

Theresa F. Bernstein
American, born Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Poland), 1890–2002

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 272

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Theresa F. Bernstein

Title

The Milliners

Origin

United States

Date

1921

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated upper right: T Bernstein 21

Dimensions

102.2 × 127.6 cm (40 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Arthur Rubloff

Reference Number

2019.1200

Extended information about this artwork

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