Honore Sharrer

I hope the reblog works this time:

I am reblogging this from The Women’s Studio, a blog I discovered through the Sketchuniverse blog. I love this great resource for women’s art history. The post’s link at the end goes to a Youtube video of Honore Sharrer’s work: A Dangerous Woman. The danger lies in the way much of culture gets buried in the rush of life. I hope that we all continue to find resources to understand and preserve those who have marginalized by a false narrative.

The Women's Studio


Honore Sharrer was an artist who made paintings, lithographs, aquatints, photographs, and drawings. Her colorful paintings, with their blending of Social Realism and Surrealism, showed the experiences of everyday people but with a slight air of unreality. Her early paintings depicted American working people in a Social Realist style. Her work then transitioned into Surrealism, often with humor and political overtones.  Later she would explore the imagery of myth and fairy tales to free herself from “the punishment of ‘realism’.”  

Sharrer studied at the California School of Fine Art and at Yale University.  During World War II she worked as a welder in a shipyard in San Francisco.  She created storyboards for the movie industry.  She moved to New York and worked in a shipyard in New Jersey.

Her adherence to representational and figural art in the 1950s and 1960s came up against the…

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2 thoughts on “Honore Sharrer

  1. Joy, thank you for the wonderful painting. I have it hanging in my kitchen/living area. I feel such a connection to the moon. I think of you everytime I look at it… which is all the time!

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