|The original models for Grant Wood's iconic painting American Gothic. Names below.|
AMERICAN GOTHIC: THE PHOTO--Famed American painter Grant Wood [1891-1942] created American Gothic in 1930.
The painting is widely admired and is also one of the most parodied images in contemporary Americana. Wood used Iowans for his models: his sister Nan Wood Graham and his dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby.
Wood decided to paint the Dibble House (Carpenter Gothic architecture) built in Eldon, Iowa. He said he liked the house and painted people that he believed might live in the house.
The painting dimensions are 29 1/4” x 24 1/2”
Present location: Art Institute of Chicago, which bought the painting in 1930 after it won a bronze medal in the Institute’s painting competition. Wood earned $300 for American Gothic, which early on was called “comic valentine” by the AIC.