Bernard Chaet

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Bernard Chaet



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Born in Boston, Massachuetts, in 1924, Chaet studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and then earned a B.A. at Tufts University.

Known for his expressionist landscapes and still lifes, Chaet’s work has continuously been shown in galleries in his native Boston, in New York City, and around the country. In 2010, a retrospective of his seascapes was featured at the Cape Ann Historical Society in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he had a home and a summer studio in nearby Rockport. His most recent exhibition was in June 2012 at David Findlay Gallery in New York. There is presently a solo exhibition of his work at Swarthmore College.

andquot;Weather Birdandquot; (2004) by Bernard Chaet."Weather Bird" (2004) by Bernard Chaet.

Many of Chaet’s students went on to notable art careers, including Janet Fish, Chuck Close, and Richard Serra.

In a recent publication from Yale, where he was a long time faculty member, Chaet’s friend and School of Art colleague William Bailey called the painter “one of the great figures in American art.” His work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He has been honored with numerous awards, including a Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Arts Association, the Altman Prize for Landscape from the National Academy of Design, and the for his painting “A.M.”



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