American Gothic

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A few days ago I wrote a little history about Gothic architecture and art.  Today, I want to re-visit the Gothic world, but in a very different way, one that’s much closer to home.

We’ve all seen the painting:

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It’s been called “…the most recognizable painting in 20th century American art”, referred to as “an indelible icon of Americana,” and without doubt it is Grant Wood’s most famous painting.

Despite having developed a familiarity with this most famous painting in my childhood, I never really did get to know much about its artist.

I think all I ever really did know about Grant Wood was that he was an American painter.

Wood was born in Iowa, which isn’t all that far from Missouri. It’s just north of our state, and I’ve traveled to — and through — Iowa many times.

He was an extremely active artist who worked in many…

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