Theresa Ferber Bernstein
(b. March 1 1890
- d. February 12 2002
) was an American artist and painter.
Bernstein studied with, among others, Harriet Sartain, Elliott Daingerfield, Henry Snell and Daniel Garber
at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women
. She graduated in 1911 with an award for general achievement. After enrolling at the Art Students League in New York City, where she took life and portraiture classes with William Merritt Chase
, she traveled for a second time to Europe
with her mother, her first trip abroad having been made in 1905. She admired Robert Henri
's style of depicting the city's everyday drama.
In 1912, she settled in Manhattan. Her studio near Bryant Park and Times Square allowed her to paint a cross-section of New Yorkers; she also painted harbors, beaches, fish and still-life.
Theresa F. Bernstein was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, New York Society of Women Artists and the North Shore Art Association. Her works were exhibited extensively with the National Academy of Design and the Society of Independent Artists (which she helped found with John Sloan).
Her husband was William Meyerowitz
, also an artist. Following Bernstein's initial and unsuccessful pregnancy, the couple remained childless during their long marriage. They often spent summers in New England
, where Theresa Bernstein completed many of her beach scenes.
Age Issue and Death
Theresa Bernstein died on February 12 2002, several weeks before her 112th birthday, several years after suffering a stroke. Note: Mrs. Bernstein's age has not been certified as authentic, and other sources have listed her as born anywhere from 1886 to 1895.