School of art

School Notes: School of Art
March/April 2013

Marta Kuzma |

Celebrating Chaet

On Sunday, January 20, more than 200 alumni, family, and friends came together to celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Bernard Chaet, who died on October 23 at the age of 88. Dean Robert Storr hosted the event in Green Hall.

Chaet was the William Leffingwell Professor of Painting at the School of Art from 1979 until his retirement in 1990. He came to Yale in 1951, and under the directorship of Josef Albers, he was instrumental in transforming Yale’s traditional Beaux Arts curriculum into a nationally prominent studio art program. Chaet taught painting and drawing at the school and mentored generations of emerging talents. Many of Chaet’s students went on to become major figures in contemporary art, most notably Janet Fish, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Richard Serra, John Curran, Lisa Yuskavage, Jennifer Bartlett, and Brice Marden. 

As an artist, Chaet is known especially for his expressionist landscapes and still lifes. His work has been continuously shown in galleries around the country and is represented in such collections as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

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