Bernard Chaet - Two American Masters 2010

Chaet & Cajori

BigTown Gallery is pleased to announce a simultaneous showing of works by the two American masters, Bernard Chaet (b.1924) and Charles Cajori (b.1921). For the breadth of exploration and depth of result long evident in each artist’s work, they have both received Lifetime Achievement in Painting awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints—selected from work over the last five decades—offered by these two singularly distinctive master painters, presents a rare opportunity to the Vermont arts community. Both artists have lived, worked, and taught in New England for most of their lives. Bernard Chaet’s landscape paintings include many painted in Vermont or along the Maine Coast. Charles Cajori is known chiefly for his abstraction of the figure; but this show includes paintings and drawings of both the figure and New England landscapes. Each of these major New England artists are well known nationally, and are in many collections both in the US and abroad.

Represented by:
David Findlay Gallery, NYC
LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Bernard Chaet
Born: 1924,Boston, MA
Education: BA, 1947, Tufts University | School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


2008 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2007 David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, New York, NY (7 shows since 1991)

2005-06 Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, OH
(painting retrospective), traveled to: Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA; and Amherst College, MA

2004 Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA (10 shows since 1967)

2000 M B Modern, New York, NY (also 1998)

1998 M D Modern, Houston, TX

1991 Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY (9 shows 1977-91)

1990-92 Boston Public Library (drawing retrospective), traveled to: Yale University; University of Louisville; Southern Methodist University; University of Montana; Holter Museum, Helena, MT; Indiana University; University of Michigan; College of William and Mary; and Maryland Institute College of Art

1989 Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC (also 1973)

1989 J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL (also 1986)

1986 Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1982 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

1979 Trinity College, Hartford, CT

1978 Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY, traveled to: College
of William and Mary; Hermitage Foundation Museum; University of North Carolina, Greensboro

1975 Forum Gallery, New York, NY

1972 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

1970 Brockton Art Center, Brockton, MA (retrospective)

1969 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1967 Stable Gallery, New York, NY (also 1959, 1961)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

2006 Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA

2002 New York Studio School, New York, NY

2002 Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA

2000 Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

1995 Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

1991 Art Institute of Boston, MA

1989 Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

1984 Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

1983 Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of N
Greensboro, NC

1973 Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1966 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1962 Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

1960 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

1959 The Phillips Collection, Washington DC

1958 Detroit Art Institute, Detroit, MI

1956 Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

1954 Forth Worth Museum, Fort Worth, TX

1954 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

1953 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1951 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

1946 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Awards
2007 National Academy, Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize
(also 2001)

2003 National Academy, Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize

2001 American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jimmy Ernst Prize

1999 National Academy, Edwin Palmer Landscape Prize

1997 National Academy, Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize

1986 American Academy of Arts and Letters, Child Hassam Fund Purchase

1981 American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam and Speicher Fund Purchase

Selected and Public Collections
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Brown University, Providence, RI

Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

New York Public Library, New York, NY

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

State University of New York, Cortland, NY

Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, MA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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