Jun 13, 2019 - Sale 2513

Sale 2513 - Lot 219

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

Oil on board, 1954. 370x495 mm; 14 3/4x20 inches. Signed in ink, lower right recto and dated "July, 1954" in pencil, verso.

Acquired directly from the artist, private collection, New York.

Shaw (1892-1974) initially trained to be an architect at Columbia University before transferring to Thomas Hart Benton's class at the Art Students League in New York in 1927. Influenced by Benton (1889-1975) and George Luks (1867-1933, see lots 26 and 32), Shaw began a career as an artist and illustrator for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Smart Set. In 1932, he traveled throughout Europe and was particularly influenced by Cézanne and Picasso, and his art in the early 1930s reflected the impact of Cubism and the color palette of the Post-Impressionists.

In 1937, Shaw became a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group and was involved in the group throughout the 1930s. He exhibited at the Museum of Non-Objective Art, the first New York-based venue for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and he served on the board of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1936-41. Later in his career, Shaw transformed the solid geometric forms with which he had worked into more bold and gestural, and he turned to Abstract Expressionism until the 1960s, when he adopted strokes in a more Minimalist style until the end of his career.