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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

March 8 - June 20, 2007
Exhibited at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Tribute to the American Working People, 1951, by Honoré Sharrer

Around 1943, artist Honoré Sharrer first conceived of the painting now known as Tribute to the American Working People. The resulting polyptych consists of five panels, each meticulously painted in oil on composition board.

The Archives of American Art acquired Honoré Sharrer's personal papers in May 2006. The collection is rich with correspondence, lively sketches, and copious amounts of photographs used by the artist to create her work. Much of this material relates directly to Tribute to the American Working People, revealing the artist’s process. This website also includes an in-depth interview of the artist’s husband, Perez Zagorin, with exhibition organizer Laura Orgon MacCarthy.

The Archives of American Art wishes to thank the Smithsonian American Art Museum for their generous loan of Tribute to the American Working People for this exhibition.

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Honoré Sharrer in her studio

Honoré Sharrer in her studio, 1951 Apr. 4

Creator: Yale Joel

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Honoré Sharrer outdoors

Honoré Sharrer outdoors, ca. 1947

Creator: Perez Zagorin

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Dorothy Canning Miller, New York, N.Y. letter to Honoré Sharrer, New York, N.Y.

Dorothy Canning Miller, New York, N.Y. letter to Honoré Sharrer, New York, N.Y., 1945 Sept. 13

Creator: Dorothy Canning Miller

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Honoré Sharrer, New York, N.Y. letter to Honoré Sachs

Honoré Sharrer, New York, N.Y. letter to Honoré Sachs, 1950 Apr. 14

Creator: Honoré Desmond Sharrer

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Honoré Sharrer

Honoré Sharrer, ca. 1955

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Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People

Fellowship application for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Fellowship application for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, c. 1948

Creator: Honoré Desmond Sharrer

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