July Fifteenth


Grant Wood ( American, 1891 - 1942 )


Associated American Artists, Inc.

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General Description

One of America's most famous painters of the American Scene, Grant Wood first won wide attention when American Gothic was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. Grant Wood grew up in rural Iowa, teaching himself to draw in his leisure time. He later studied at the University of Iowa, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in Europe. He returned home after realizing that all of his best ideas came to him when he was in Iowa. Precisely meticulous in detail with humor and occasional satire, his works have poignantly captured the rural scenes of Midwestern life.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Famous American Paintings Assembled for the State Fair of Texas, 1948, (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1948), np.

Web Resources

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Learn more about this artist and his work from SAAM.

  • Whitney Museum of American Art
    Listen to the audio guide playlist from the 2018 exhibition Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables.

  • Hillstrom Museum of Art
    View nineteen lithographs by Grant Wood from the 2015 exhibition Grant Wood's Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone at the Hillstrom Museum of Art in St. Peter, Minnesota.