Hot Chocolates

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Theresa Bernstein often painted urban scenes and everyday people at play throughout the 1920s, finding inspiration in New York’s music venues. The Hot Chocolates jazz revue started in a Harlem nightclub, Connie’s Inn, and then moved to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Over the course of its production, Hot Chocolates featured notable jazz performers Fats Waller, Edith Wilson, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong in his Broadway debut. This painting’s lively composition and rich colors capture the syncopated elements of jazz, as well as the boisterous mood of the show itself. As Harlem Renaissance gossip columnist Geraldyn Dismond wrote in 1929, some parts of Hot Chocolates could "make even a flapper blush."
Theresa Bernstein, born Cracow, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Kraków, Poland) 1890-died New York Cit
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Girard Jackson
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 33B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
ca. 1919-1928
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Figure group
Performing arts\theater\performer
Architecture Interior\civic\theater
oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 40 in. (76.8 x 101.6 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum