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Theresa Bernstein
20th century
(Kraków, Poland, 1890 - 2002, New York City)

Born 1890, Kraków, Poland; active 1907–11, Philadelphia; 1911–16, New York (with trip in 1912 to Europe); 1916–2002, New York and Gloucester, MA; died 2002, New York Born in Kraków, Poland—a fact she hid, preferring to identify as a Philadelphia native—Bernstein belonged to The Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists reacting against the all-male group, The Eight. She and her husband William Meyerowitz, along with John Sloan of The Eight, helped established the Society of Independent Artists, a group that promoted an American style of modernism which frequently included gritty, realistic city scenes like New York Street. The Society moved away from the pastel-toned works of the impressionists, whom they deemed old fashioned and out of touch with the realities of daily urban life.

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