Watercolor on paper, unframed, 9" by 11 3/4", signed at lower right in pencil, and signed again and apparently titled on the reverse, by the noted, long-lived American artist, THERESA FERBER BERNSTEIN (1890-2002). The watercolor likely dates to about the middle years of the 20th century, I would guess. Writing on the reverse seems to say "Israel/Yarkon River". In upper corner in different hand is "Yarkon, B./Israel". This is a scene on the Yarkon River which winds through Tel Aviv on its way to emptying in the Mediterranean. Bernstein is a notable figure in the history of American art. She was born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents of Jewish ancestry. The budding artist attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, graduating in 1911, and for a time attended the Art Students League in New York. Teachers during this period included Daniel Garber, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, Henry Snell, and Elliott Daingerfield. By 1912 Bernstein was in Manhattan, exposed to sights that eventually turned her towards the Social Realism movement. Her works were handled by such prestigious galleries as Vose, in Boston, and Grand Central Galleries in New York. Bernstein spent a lot of time in Massachusetts, at Provincetown and at the art colony on Cape Ann, painting the local scenery. Amazingly, the artist continued to create art after the age of 100. There seems to be some question as to the exact date of her birth, but the latest I have seen is 1895, so she would have been at least 107 at her death in New York in 2002. Today her works in many media are included in the collections of the largest and most important museums. This drawing has acquired some insect damage along the very bottom and extreme right edges. Except for a few small holes to the left of the signature, most of that can be matted out. There is a small discolored area at top right. Otherwise the body of the drawing is in excellent condition, The suggestion of half the sheet being generally darker than the other is simply the indoor light being less than ideal for photography.
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