Today celebrates both birth and death day of the artistic mind behind one of America’s iconic paintings, American Gothic.
Artist Grant Wood was greeted with a monetary prize and fame when he exhibited American Gothic for the first time at our very own museum. Using his sister and dentist as models, Grant said the he “imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house,” and dressed them like “tintypes from my old family album.”
Despite its common satirical interpretations of Midwestern life, Wood meant for the piece to be a positive statement on rural America. Nonetheless, American Gothic remains a part of pop culture and continues to bring new meaning to each generation.