Archer and Unliberated Woman1987 by Honoré Sharrer

... a strapping, pear-shaped woman in a bikini holds out a trophy to a nude male archer, intensely occupied with bow and arrow.

She referred to her naked, satisfyingly-sized women as ‘liberated’. It tends to be the clothed women, no matter how skimpy their clothing, who are not free, autonomous human beings.

One prevalent theme is Sharrer’s use of the female nude.... Her take on the female body is at once Classical and provocatively realistic. She paints pale and curvaceous female figures, reminiscent of Rubens, with the type of sturdy thighs that would send R. Crumb into a panic. Yet, her use of dimpled skin, provocative and awkward poses, and contrast with the other imagery in the scenes rips the figures away from a mythic or sexual context, shining a light instead on the way women are seen in...
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Media: oil on canvas
Location: Collection of the artist’s family.