Source material for Tribute to the American Working People. School teacher
Sharrer, Honoré Desmond, 1920-2009
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
1 photographic print : b&w ; 11 x 8 cm.
Photograph of a school teacher used as inspiration for the Public School scene in Sharrer's polyptych Tribute to the American Working People.
Identification (typed): "This woman is posing for the teacher in the Public School Scene. To find the right woman, I waited outside the Dollar Store in Amherst, Mass.--and by and by she sauntered out. I used this woman's curled hair in a net and one of her hands, but her face was too understanding. What I wanted was a face that would represent the gap between the children's imaginative and fluid ways and a teacher's dyed-in-the-wool character. The limitation of her artistic nature is represented in the painting by the Victorian, hand-painted vase. She is nevertheless very kind to the children. Amherst, Mass."
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560