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William Scharf, b.1927

A Wagina of Smiles1963

A Wagina of Smiles is a 1963 work by William Scharf. It is part of the IMMA Permanent Collection.

MediumGouche on paper
Dimensions Unframed, 27.5 x 34 cm
Framed, 47 x 54 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Novak/O'Doherty Collection, 2015
Item NumberIMMA.3941
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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William Scharf, A Wagina of Smiles, 1963, Gouche on paper, Unframed, 27.5 x 34 cm|Framed, 47 x 54 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Novak/O'Doherty Collection, 2015

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

William Scharf b.1927

American artist William Scharf (born 1927) studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Returning to his studies in 1948 he won a scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to go to Paris, where he studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1952 he moved to New York and in 1953 became a studio assistant of Mark Rothko. Scharf has taught at many art schools throughout the U.S. since the 1960s. His work is represented in numerous museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, California.
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