Part 1: American Gothic by Grant Wood (1930)
This may be one of the most recognizable pieces of artwork. It has become the subject of parodies, political propaganda, and magazine covers. The 1930 painting is held at the Art Institue of Chicago, and its first public appearance won it a medal and $300 prize, but that was not Wood’s intention.
Wood fell upon the idea of painting these individuals when he visited the small town of Eldon in his hometown of Iowa. He saw a Carpenter Gothic wooden farmhouse with a small window and got the idea to paint a father and daughter matching the same feel of the farmhouse.
The dynamic-duo to the right got it right on the nose, beyond the bubble-gum pink broom and eagle staring you down.