Theresa Bernstein (1890–2002), The Lunch Counter at S. Klein’s in Union Square in the 1930s, ca. 1930–39
Watercolor on paper. Promised gift of Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld, Scenes of New York City
Bernstein depicts the racially integrated lunch counter at S. Klein, a popularly priced department store in Union Square. The Polish-born artist explored the major issues of her day, from racial discrimination to unemployment and suffrage, often through the lens of women’s daily lives. In a male-dominated art world, she frequently chose to sign her work—as here—with only her surname.
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