Bernard Chaet’s Far Horizon

Bernard Chaet's 2008 painting Blue. (Courtesy of Alpha Gallery)

Bernard Chaet’s 2008 painting “Blue.” (Courtesy of Alpha Gallery)

BOSTON — When painter Bernard Chaet died on Oct. 16 at age 88, Alpha Gallery, which had been planning a solo show of his work for December turned it into a mini overview of his career. And the news from that exhibit, “A Life in Art” at the gallery (37 Newbury St., Boston, through Jan. 9), is that in his last decade, focusing on the shore and sea of Cape Ann he painted the best canvases of his life.

Chaet (1924-2012) grew up in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Early on he found inspiration in Boston Expressionism, a psychologically charged style

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