Modern Design /20 March 2005


Charles Green Shaw

USA, 1940
oil on masonite
13½ h × 10¼ w in (34 × 26 cm)

Signed and dated to verso. Framed.

provenance: Private collection, North CarolinaBerman Daferner Gallery, New York

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $17,000

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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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