Tuesday, October 02, 2018


The classic Grant Wood painting “The American Gothic” was exhibited for the first time in 1930 at The Art Institute of Chicago. It was awarded a prize of $300 and brought the artist instant fame.

The painting depicts a stoic Iowan farmer gazing unflinchingly at the viewer. His daughter, eyes averted, appears to have the weight of the world on her shoulders. It was painted during the Depression and many believe that the painting illustrates the strength and resolve that was needed at that time to simply survive. Others believe that Wood was satirizing the culture of the mid-west, an accusation that he denied.

The American Gothic” has become a part of our popular culture and the couple has been the subject of many parodies...ranging from Mad magazine, Disney characters and even a picture of Paul Newman and his daughter (advertising their food stuffs).


My family became part of this dubious group when we enacted our spoof in 1970. Granted (no pun, intended) we added three children to the scene but the basic idea was the same. The pitchfork, by the way, was for real!


Blogger Marie Smith said...

Great family photo!

I’ve seen that piece before but thought it was husband and wife!

4:39 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I too thought it was his wife. I think the posing today's families do is clever. You nailed it.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We once took a photo of some relatives with this theme in mind.

5:20 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Love your family portrait!
Actually, the people in Wood's painting were his sister and his dentist - neither a husband and wife nor father and daughter.
The apron and cameo belonged to his mother.
The building inspired the painting.
It is one of my favorites!
But your picture looks like more fun!

4:04 PM  

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