9 x 12"
oil on panel
On this day our country transfers power in our government, I reveal one of my paintings for an upcoming show that is a quintessential, iconic painting of America. Come to think of it, the couple viewing Grant Wood's American Gothic is very quintessential American.
Grant Wood, a native Iowan, painted this widely recognized piece in 1930 after visiting the small town of Eldon, where he found the little farmhouse with its special window done in a style called Carpenter Gothic. His models for the farmer and his daughter were his dentist and his sister, rendering them 'as if they were tintypes from my old family album.'
Wood said he intented the painting to be 'a positive statement about rural American values, an image of reassurance at a time of great dislocaton and disillusionment.'
How fitting for this day.
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