Bernard Chaet’s Far Horizon

Bernard Chaet, Breaking Out, 2004-06 oil on canvas, 34 x 36 inches (courtesy of
Bernard Chaet, Breaking Out, 2004-06 oil on canvas, 34 x 36 inches (courtesy of Alpha Gallery)

Greg Cook reviews the recent exhibition Bernard Chaet: A Life in Art at Alpha Gallery, Boston.

Cook writes that Chaet's "impasto buildup of paint recalls the cement-like clouds of Marsden Hartley’s raw, roughhewn late style, which he pioneered during summers at Gloucester in the 1930s. Chaet also seems to be channeling the vivid meaty textures of Boston Expressionist Hyman Bloom’s corpse paintings of the 1940s—work which influenced him when he was a young student in Boston. But Chaet’s colors are now filled with emotion, and effervescent."