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Bernard Chaet papers, 1945-2012

Chaet, Bernard, 1924-2012

Art teacher, Painter


Collection Information

Size: 7.0 linear feet

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 and a DVD of images of Chaet's work. 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.

Location of Originals

  • Some original correspondence, clippings, and exhibition material: discarded by Chaet after photocopying.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival electronic records with no duplicate copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Bernard Chaet papers, 1945-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.