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Art in Crossett Library: William Scharf

This is a guide to works of art on display in Crossett Library.

Crossett Library Main Level, Public Service Office


William Scharf

American, 1927-2018


Abstract Composition with Teardrops

Abstract Composition with Bird

Abstract Composition with Shapes

Abstract Composition with Hooks

Abstract Composition



silkscreen print



William Scharf was an American painter who is often categorized as a late generation Abstract Expressionist. Known for producing paintings with abstract compositions incorporating biomorphic and geometric forms in vivid colors, the artist was influenced by Surrealism, the Color Field painters, and symbolism. Over the course of his six-decade career, Scharf had solo exhibitions at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College; and the High Museum in Atlanta. He also taught students at the Art Students League in New York for nearly thirty years. He was a personal friend and occasional studio assistant of Mark Rothko and was influenced by his color field paintings. Scharf’s paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin; and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.


William Scharf

William Scharf Book