Harer traveled extensively throughout Spain and the West Indies, and these experiences left profound scars that he reflected in his frames. His technical abilities with incised designs made by nails that he created, to punch on the gesso, or directly on the gold (granito), mixed with a sharp eye for burnished and matte areas on the gold left many with some true treasures of the craft.

He was the teacher to some of the greatest frame-makers of the 20th century, such as Cullen Yates, Francis Coll, and Bernard Badura. Harer’s work quickly brought him recognition as a designer and frame-maker. Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and Arthur Carles frequently chose him to design their frames. At times he also was asked to execute carvings and furniture for architects. Through it all, Harer remained a shy man. In Harer’s own words “All my designs are based on fundamental truths that I hope will survive this period and all others, as the primitives have done”.

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