Modern and Contemporary Art /16 May 2004

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Charles Green Shaw

untitled (Abstract Construction)
USA, c. 1940
painted wood
11 h × 16½ w in (28 × 42 cm)

During this period, Charles Green Shaw created painted wood relief works, this example is a variaton where the elements are saw-cut, hand painted and then reassembled to form the final composition.

provenance: Estate of the artistWashburn Gallery, New YorkPrivate collection, Los Angeles

estimate: $18,000–22,000
result: $15,340

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Charles Green Shaw 1892–1974

American Modernist painter Charles Green Shaw’s career spanned nearly four decades and his support of the American Abstractionists cemented the growth of the movement. Born in New York in 1892 to an affluent family, he attended Yale University, studied at the Arts Students League under painter George Luks, and spent one year studying architecture at Columbia. After serving for the military in World War I, he began his career as a journalist writing for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair on the New York social scene later authoring multiple novels and children’s books.

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