Bernard Chaet papers, 1945-2012

Chaet, Bernard, b. 1924
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Boston, Mass.; New Haven, Conn.

Collection size: 6.7 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork and printed material regarding the career of painter and educator Bernard Chaet.

Biographical material includes resumes and awards. Correspondence is with students, friends and other artists and art related professional and letters from various galleries and schools that represented Chaet or employed him. Also included are a significant number of condolence letters and cards to Chaet's wife, Ninon, upon Chaet's death. Writings include manuscripts for Chaet's books, "The Art of Drawing," and "An Artist's Notebook: Techniques and Materials," and assorted lecture notes.

Photographs are of Chaet in studio and the classroom and with family, friends, and students. Artwork includes loose sketches and sketchbooks by Chaet. Printed material consists of press clippings, catalogs, and gallery announcements.

Biographical/Historical Note: Bernard Chaet (1924-2012) was a painter and teacher in Boston, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut. Chaet was born March 7, 1924 in Boston, and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, studying with Karl Zerbe and graduating in 1949 with a B.S. from Tufts University which had an affiliated program with the MFA. On Zerbe's recommendation, he began teaching painting at Yale University in 1951, retiring in 1990. He exhibited often in Boston at the Boris Mirski Gallery and the Alpha Gallery. Chaet is the author of "Artists at Work" (1961), the "Art of Drawing" (1971 and 1977), and "An Artists's Notebook: Techniques and Materials" (1979).

Donated 1995 by Bernard Chaet and 2014 by Leah Vogel, Bernard Chaet's daughter. One drawing of Chaet donated 1998 by Chaet's wife, Ninon Chaet.

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