Grant WoodAmericanRegionalist(1892-1942)“…all the really good ideas I’d ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” Self-Portrait1932
Adolescence, 1933 • As a child, Grant loved to draw everything on the farm, especially the chickens. • Since he didn’t have art supplies, he used charred sticks and cardboard from cracker boxes to make his drawings.
Veteran’s Memorial Building Window, 1929, Stained glass In the late 1920s, Wood was commissioned to create this WWI memorial window for is hometown of Cedar Rapids.
Woman with Plants, 1929, Oil on upsom board, 20 ½ x 15 in. • This is a portrait of Grant’s mother, who always knew that her son would someday be a famous artist. • What kind of woman do you think she was. • What kind of life do you think she led?
Daughters of Revolution, 1932 • Sometimes Wood used humor in his paintings to criticize or ridicule. • How do you think he felt about these ladies? • How do they differ from Woman with Plants?
American Gothic, 1930, Oil on Beaver Board, 30 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. • Who do you think these people are supposed to be? • What shapes are repeated in this painting? • This painting won a $300 prize and made Grant Wood famous.
Plaid Sweater, 193129 1/2 x 24 1/8 in (74.9 x 61.3 cm) • Like portrait painters in the Renaissance, Wood uses the boy’s clothing, props, and the background to tell us about him. • What do these clues tell you?
Spring in Town, 1941, Oil on masonite, 26 x 14 ½ in. • This is Wood’s last finished painting. • He wanted to paint a picture of life in “a country rich in the arts of peace; a homely loveable nation, infinitely worth any sacrifice necessary to its preservation”