Charles Green Shaw

American, 1892–1974

Buildings in a Night Sky, 1941

Oil on canvas

11½ x 8½ inches

Signed and dated on the verso

During the 1930s and 1940s, Shaw avidly explored New York’s vibrant social scene, sharing his findings regularly in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Smart Set. New York’s cityscapes soon began to inspire painting as well as writing. He applied his fascination with Manhattan to his art and in 1933 embarked on one of his most well known series, the plastic polygon, whose geometric compositions echoed the New York skyline. Buildings in a Night Sky is a small but powerful example of Shaw’s geometric depictions of the skyline.