Painted in 1930, American Gothic, left, exemplifies what artist Grant Wood is perhaps best known for: depicting the rural American Midwest. Located in Eldon, Iowa, a town roughly 100 miles southeast of Des Moines, the painting shows a farmer standing next to his daughter.
In the background is the Dibble House, a small white house with a Gothic-style upper window that Wood visited and wanted to paint. The home has been restored and is now a National Landmark. The models for Grant Wood’s epic, however, weren’t farmhands. Rather, far from it. The woman was actually Wood’s younger sister Nan Wood Graham, while the man was the Wood family dentist Dr. B.H. McKeeby.
|Grant Wood (1891-1942)|