Charles Green Shaw
Edge of Dusk, 1956
Oil on canvas
36¼ x 48¼ inches
Signed lower right, signed again and dated on reverse
Charles Green Shaw enjoyed great success in his artistic career, exhibiting his works at Gallatin’s Museum of Living Art in 1935 and 1936, and finding support from several important galleries. He rigorously painted abstract works for several decades, adapting to the various styles of each period. Edge of Dusk was completed when Shaw was working in an abstract expressionist mode. The soft-edged, expressive, and broad brushstrokes reference the color-field style of painting typical of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko.
Shaw’s use of red and yellow contrast with the neutral gray tones on the canvas and convey a sense of mystery, a feeling further heightened by the title. Edge of Dusk may also relate to the poetry Shaw wrote throughout his life. He published volumes with such similarly evocative titles as Into the Light (1959), Image of Life (1962), and Time Has No Edge (1966).