Yale Professor Wins Prestigious Art Award

A painting by Bernard Chaet, the William Leffingwell Professor Emeritus of Painting at the Yale School of Art, has received the Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize from the National Academy of Art.

The painting, titled “A.M.,” is featured in the Academy’s 178th Annual Exhibition, at 1083 Fifth Avenue and 89th St. in New York, until June 15.

A native of Boston, Chaet studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Tufts University. He taught at Yale from 1951 until his retirement in 1990.

Chaet is particularly noted for his boldly colored expressionist still lifes and landscapes, which have often been likened to works of van Gogh and Winslow Homer.

The painter has had solo exhibitions in such venues as the Marilyn Pearl and David Findlay, Jr. Fine Art galleries in New York, the Jane Haslem Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as galleries in Boston, Chicago and Houston, TX.

His work has been exhibited in group shows at more than a dozen prominent arts institutions around the country. These include the Hirshhorn Museum and Phillips Collection in Washington, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Chaet’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, the Brooklyn Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery-to name only a representative sample. Corporations such as AT&T, Chemical Bank, IBM and New England Life include Chaet’s paintings among their collections.

The artist has been honored many times over for his outstanding body of work. The National Academy of Design (of which he is a member) awarded him the Altman Prize for Landscape in 1997, and the Maryland Institute College of Art awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1986.

Chaet is also an accomplished writer and editor. “The Art of Drawing” and “An Artist’s Notebook,” both first published in the 1970s, are considered classics in the field.

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