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Grant Wood At The Whitney

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“American Gothic,”1930, Grant Wood Photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY

‘American Gothic,” 1930, the painting by Grant Wood of an Iowa farm couple standing erect and somber in front of a Gothic farmhouse, might be considered America’s Mona Lisa.  Both are iconic portraits that reflect a preserved notion of each culture’s identity at a crucial time in our respective histories.  Astonishingly, both paintings continue to draw throngs of spectators who often wait in line to view these relatively small paintings. (Both approximately 2 ½ feet in height)

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