Burt Hasen passed away this month on the 7th. I took Drawing I from him back in 1990 at the School of Visual Arts. He taught chiarascuro with chalk, charcoal, vine, and ebony. Out of all the drawing classes I took in art school, I think the techniques he taught were most useful. To this day I keep the drawing supplies he used for class at home.
Letter from David Rhodes (SVA college president)
"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of artist, distinguished faculty member and dear friend Burt Hasen, who died on September 7th after a long illness.
Born in 1921 in New York City, Burt taught at the School of Visual Arts from 1954 to 2000. He was best known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art, which he used to teach drawing and painting in the traditional ways of the great masters. A onetime resident of Paris, he painted and studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere from 1948 to 1950.
Upon returning to the U.S., he began teaching at SVA and showing work at the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, among many other institutions. He was the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy of Design. Burt Hasen is survived by his wife, Mary, and his brother Harvey.
Our condolences go to the entire Hasen family."