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William Scharf

Untilted, 1990-1999

Board, Enamel, Oil Paint
29 1/2 × 21 3/4 in
74.9 × 55.2 cm
This is a unique work.
$3,800
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Lions Gallery
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Flowers in a Vase, intensely and seductively colored: almost in a Japonaise style. Swooning purples …

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Flowers in a Vase, intensely and seductively colored: almost in a Japonaise style. Swooning purples and reds, ecstatic lemon yellows, Jostling shapes, lyrical and soft-edged, refuse to resolve neatly, a bold strategy to keep viewers unsettled and curious, the reward for which are profuse and luscious details: varied …

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Condition
Minor wear
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
William Scharf
American, 1927–2018
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William Scharf is a painter whose subject is color. Scharf, a late-generation Abstract Expressionist and who apprenticed in the studio of Mark Rothko, applies paint in translucent layers to achieve depth and luminosity. He creates groups of paintings around the theme of a single color, working in a variety of scales and using shapes both geometric and biomorphic. Series have been dedicated to blue, silver, and gold, but black and white appear with the most frequency. As he explains: “Very young children discover how dark marks on white paper or white chalk on black become adventures; explorations of a kind that could haunt and obsess the entire life of a painter.”

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Flowers in a Vase, intensely and seductively colored: almost in a Japonaise style. Swooning purples …

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Flowers in a Vase, intensely and seductively colored: almost in a Japonaise style. Swooning purples and reds, ecstatic lemon yellows, Jostling shapes, lyrical and soft-edged, refuse to resolve neatly, a bold strategy to keep viewers unsettled and curious, the reward for which are profuse and luscious details: varied …

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Condition
Minor wear
Signature
Not signed
Certificate of authenticity
Not included
Frame
Not included
William Scharf
American, 1927–2018
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William Scharf is a painter whose subject is color. Scharf, a late-generation Abstract Expressionist and who apprenticed in the studio of Mark Rothko, applies paint in translucent layers to achieve depth and luminosity. He creates groups of paintings around the theme of a single color, working in a variety of scales and using shapes both geometric and biomorphic. Series have been dedicated to blue, silver, and gold, but black and white appear with the most frequency. As he explains: “Very young children discover how dark marks on white paper or white chalk on black become adventures; explorations of a kind that could haunt and obsess the entire life of a painter.”

William Scharf

Untilted, 1990-1999

Board, Enamel, Oil Paint
29 1/2 × 21 3/4 in
74.9 × 55.2 cm
This is a unique work.
$3,800
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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