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Edna L. Bernstein (American, b. 1884), White Poppy, 1944, oil on canvas, signed

Edna L. Bernstein (American, b. 1884), White Poppy, 1944, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed with monogram lower right, signed again and dated on reverse "Edna L. Bernstein, 1944", unframed


Two punctures to the canvas at mid-right. Craquelure. Two abrasions, one to lower left corner and the other to upper left. Canvas is soiled. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Private collection


Sight: Height 30 in. x Width 26 in.

About The Artist:

Edna L. Bernstein (b. 1848) was an American artist who resided on Park Avenue in New York City. She was an active member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors and the American Woman's Club. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, several exhibitions of Bernstein's oil paintings of flowers were held in New York City, notably ''Her Flowers in Oil'', held in 1936 at Kleeman Galleries. She also exhibited her work at the well-known Durand Ruel Galleries, also in New York City.

Collectors especially loved Bernstein's large, detailed paintings depicting the enlarged stamens and pistils of beautiful flowers at such close length they almost appear abstracted. The New York Sun reviewing the artist's 1934 show noted that she painted with a ''suggestion from Georgia O'Keeffe'', her famous contemporary whose style was similar to her own. O'Keeffe painted close views of flowers' reproductive organs to set herself apart from her male contemporaries and to comment on sexuality.

White Poppy, however, is less abstract than the work of the painter Georgia O'Keeffe, but perhaps just as surreal, juxtaposing dreams and reality. It features a blooming Oriental poppy, a symbol of peace, undulating against a washed gray background. Bernstein's visible brushstrokes capture the poppy's unruly petals with precision while their vibrant colors are cleverly set off against the pale gray surface.


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Edna L. Bernstein (American, b. 1884), White Poppy, 1944, oil on canvas, signed

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