Saturday, November 26, 2011

American Gothic with President Bush Parody

Grant Wood (American, 1891 - 1942),
American Gothic, 1930.
Oil on beaverboard, 78 X 65.3 cm
(30 11/16 X 25 11?16 in.)
Friends of American Art Collection, 1930.934.
The Art Institute of Chicago

unused, bought in 2011

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American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood. His inspiration came from a cottage designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window and a decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house."  The painting shows a farmer standing beside his spinster daughter. The figures were modeled by the artist's dentist and sister. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron mimicking 19th century Americana with the man's pitchfork symbolizing hard labor.

It is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art, and one of the most parodied artworks within American popular culture. (As in the postcard below)
American Gothic - with George Bush and Dan Quayle - from American Postcard Co.
postmarked in 1991 with 19 cent Sequoyah stamp

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