#3 Feb 22, 1963, Watercolor on Paper, 18″ x 24″

William Saroyan


Born in Fresno, California to Armenian immigrant parents, Saroyan would go on to become one of the top writers of the mid twentieth century. He was also a visual artist of drawings and watercolors which he never sold nor exhibited. His abstract work was influenced by Chinese brush drawing, Jackson Pollock, and the calligraphic work of Mark Tobey. He was criticized for sentimentality—Freedom, brotherly love, and universal benevolence were for him basic values, but his idealism was considered out of step with the times.


Selected Collections

Boston University Art Gallery,

Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

The Newark Museum, NJ