Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Clothing Painted Part I: Grant Wood

Grant Wood "Return from Bohemia" 1935

Excerpt from Villa America: American Moderns, 1900-1950. "Grant Wood (1891-1942) came from Iowa, left it infrequently, wore farmer's bib overalls when he painted and persuaded his more cosmopolitan friends to pose for pictures in the same outfit. Dress, setting, habits-the folkways of the midwestern farmer-were basic to his desire to create and indigenous art of the heartland...but dress was of particular importance." In "Return from Bohemia" Wood's clothing-not in his overalls, represented his recent return from spending time with bohemians in Paris. Wood is best known for his work "American Gothic" 1930.

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