Depicted on the large canvas are two contrasting and entwined black and white shapes painted over a vivid green background

Charles Green Shaw

American, 1892–1974

Conception, 1962

Oil on canvas

72 x 54 inches

Signed upper left, signed and dated on the verso

 

SOLD

Charles Green Shaw studied at the Art Students League and traveled to Paris during the 1930s where he witnessed a vibrant modern art scene, unlike one he had experienced in New York. Recognizing the reluctance for abstraction in the United States, Shaw banded together with like-minded artists to form the American Abstract Artists group. Shaw was also part of the Park Avenue Cubists, a group of progressively modern and wealthy artists whose commitment to furthering abstraction during the 1930s helped to usher in acceptance for Abstract Expressionism in the postwar years.

Shaw rigorously painted abstract works for several decades, adapting to the various movements of each period. Conception was completed in 1962 when Shaw was working within the Abstract Expressionist and Minimalist styles. Depicted on the large canvas are two contrasting and entwined black and white shapes painted over a vivid green background. This work was formerly in the collection of celebrated American playwright Edward Albee, who was a dedicated patron of the arts.

Depicted on the large canvas are two contrasting and entwined black and white shapes painted over a vivid green background