"Each time the dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety." Rene Daumal
"I've always wanted to be able to paint the dawn." David Hockney
For decades during his long career Bernard Chaet (1924-2012) spent his summers on Cape Ann, paintings the rocky coastline at sunrise. He saw infinite possibilities in the band of sky, sea and rocks as the first light of day emerged. How does the sun reflect off a calm sea, or a choppy one? In what mood are the clouds today? Do the rocks serve as an anchor to the composition, or are they the main story? In this one theme, Chaet saw myriad variations. Some of these paintings suggest the vastness of the sea, while others convey a sense of intimacy. In every case, Chaet avows his deep connection to the subject - nature's daily performance of renewal and beginning.
Bernard Chaet was born in Boston and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, graduating in 1949. He was a professor of painting at the Yale School of Art from 1951 until his retirement in 1990. His seminal book The Art of Drawing is currently in its fourth edition. Chaet's work is included in numerous museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Alpha Gallery has represented Bernard Chaet since its founding in 1967.