July 12, 1920 / April 17, 2009
Honore' Sharrer, who recently died at the
age of 88, was known, throughout her
long career, for her exceptional use of color
and masterly command of detail. She is
seen in the photo, with her best known painting,
"Tribute to the American Working People",
a five part polyptych.
The painting is reminiscent of Old Masters
and Renaissance altar pieces. The oil
painting, which took 5 years to complete,
depicts a factory worker, surrounded by
scenes of people at a picnic, on a farm,
in a parlor, and in a schoolroom.
"Tribute" is in the permanent collection of
the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Sharrer,
also an exponent of the Ashcan School,
developed, in later years, a style that evolved
into magic realism. Also a deep interest in
women's roles produced the paintings,
"Resurrection of the Waitress" 1984, and
" A Dream of Monticello", 1996.
Honore' Sharrer's work is also in the collections of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of
Her paintings are well worth the effort of viewing.
Unfortunately my computer was being stubborn
today. I apologize for the lack of paintings,
which I truly tried to include.
I acknowledge the information received from
The New York Times, May 13, 2009