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Grant Wood

American, 1891–1942

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Grant Wood

American, 1891–1942

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Seminal Regionalist painter Grant Wood captured Depression Era rural America with a nostalgic, earnest honesty of expression. The Iowa painter's prolific career and diverse body of work evolved from Impressionist influences to increasingly realist portrait and landscape compositions that exhibit both flexibility and control of technique. Psychological candor and enigmatic loneliness inflect Wood’s work, which documents the convergence of modernist ideas and his Midwestern surroundings. Wood’s American Gothic (1930) is perhaps the most highly recognizable, reproduced, and referenced work of 20th century American art, and a seminal work of realist painting. Wood’s straightforward style of representation is restrained, almost flat, creating a taut surface in contrast to the underlying subtle persistence of emotion.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Biography

Seminal Regionalist painter Grant Wood captured Depression Era rural America with a nostalgic, earnest honesty of expression. The Iowa painter's prolific career and diverse body of work evolved from Impressionist influences to increasingly realist portrait and landscape compositions that exhibit both flexibility and control of technique. Psychological candor and enigmatic loneliness inflect Wood’s work, which documents the convergence of modernist ideas and his Midwestern surroundings. Wood’s American Gothic (1930) is perhaps the most highly recognizable, reproduced, and referenced work of 20th century American art, and a seminal work of realist painting. Wood’s straightforward style of representation is restrained, almost flat, creating a taut surface in contrast to the underlying subtle persistence of emotion.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Grant Wood’s Menacing, Mesmerizing Portrait of Rural America
Feb 25th, 2018
Grant Wood’s Menacing, Mesmerizing Portrait of Rural America
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