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Children posing for Public School Scene

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Sharrer, Honoré Desmond, 1920-2009
not after 1951
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1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm.
One photograph of two young boys, with another smaller photoraph of two young girls taped on the verso. The photograph of the little girls was used as a source for the public school scene in Sharrer's polyptych Tribute to the American Working People.
Date is based on the year that Tribute was completed.
Identification on paper taped to verso (typewritten, by Sharrer): When first starting to develop the Public school scene, I wanted to have among the other children a Negro and white boy with their arms around each other. I was always on the lookout for that situation in the schools I visited, and when it never materialised, I created the situation by asking a Negro boy and a white boy to pose. I did this several times, but the results were always false. They were obviously posing and there was no friendship there. Later I found the right feeling with a little Negro girl who posed with her best friend. It is they who are in the Public school scene. Coronado, Calif.
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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
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