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Artist Revisited

Honoré Sharrer, 88, an American realist painter who died April 17, achieved fame because of a painting she created in 1950 when she was 30 years old. But after her work, "Tribute to the American Working People," was revered for its meticulous, exacting detail, the young artist removed herself from the art world, frustrated with the overwhelming attention that was being given to abstract painters of the time, including Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning.

However, she continued to paint, concentrating on the narrative of the figure. While she became less exacting, she maintained a commitment to realism while incorparting surrealist aspects.

Here are photographs of some the artist's work. It includes her later paintings, which mix her fondness of the female perspective with fantasy.

Below is a photo of the artist in front of her famous work, "Tribute to the American Working People."


Honore Sharrer in 1950. (W. Eugene Smith -- Time Inc. Used with permission.)

And here are two of the artist's more recent works, "A Dream of Monticello" and "Loretta as Lady of Spain."


Honoré Sharrer's painting "A Dream of Monticello." (Courtesy Spanierman Gallery.)

Honoré Sharrer's painting "Loretta as Lady of Spain." (Courtesy Spanierman Gallery.)

By Lauren Wiseman  |  May 14, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
 
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