Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974) explored his delights and his passions through a variety of professions: satirical journalist, painter, defender of avant-garde art, children’s book author, and poet. The Charles Green Shaw papers, donated to the Archives of American Art in 1974, narrate the artist’s journey.
In his 1947 children’s book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, Shaw
uses simple sentences and even simpler pictures to create a guessing game that
urges children to use their imaginations when looking at the world around them.
Shaw’s white-on-blue illustrations recall the amoeba-like shapes that appear in
some of his paintings.