Grant Wood

1891-1942, Cedar Rapids, IA

"March," 1939

Lithograph on paper under glass
From the edition of 250; signed in pencil lower right: Grant Wood; Associated American Artists, pub., and with their printed information card affixed to the backboard of the frame
Image: 8.875" H x 11.75" W; Sheet: 12" H x 15.875" W

  • Provenance: Property from a Private Southern California Estate
  • Literature: Cole 14
  • Notes: Grant Wood is perhaps best known as the painter of American Gothic, an iconic example of Midwestern Regionalist painting that is today held by the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood was born in 1891 in Iowa, but spent the formative years of his youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a young student, he began submitting work to local art competitions before vowing to become a professional artist.

    Wood's first visit to Europe took place in 1920, and he returned in 1923 to take classes at the Academie Julian. Through this time he expanded on his impressionist style painting but upon his return to the United States, would later abandon this style in the late 1920s for his more precisely detailed and realistic manner of painting for which he is known today.

    Grant Wood would become one of the forefront artists of the Regionalist movement, joining the likes of influential artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry. In 1934, Wood began teaching at the University of Iowa in Iowa City as an assistant professor of fine arts. This would be his final resting place, as he passed away in Iowa City on February 12, 1942. Today, his works can be found in some of the most prestigious collections in the United States such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • Condition: Generally good condition. With full margins, deckled along the lower edge. The palest light staining and an occasional pinpoint-size foxmark showing in the margins. Taped to the back mat with white paper tape at the upper margin corners.

    Frame: 14.75" H x 18.75" W x 0.75" D

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