20. Lecture on the Work of Grant Wood
American Gothic (1930) was painted by Grant Wood. I have always been fascinated by the expressions of the two people in this painting. It is enigmatic much like DaVinci's Mona Lisa. The painting is instantly recognizable for the stoic expressions of the two figures, rural puritanism, and a depiction of steadfast American pioneer spirit. It is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art, and one of the most parodied artworks within American pop culture.
Wood's inspiration came from a cottage in Eldon, Iowa designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window and a decision to paint the house along with the kind of people that the artist felt should live in that house.
The painting shows a farmer standing beside his spinster daughter. The figures were modeled by the artists sister and dentist. Each element was painted separately; the models sat separately and never stood in front of the house.
Tripp Evans, author of "Grant Wood: a Life," a biography of the man behind this famous painting, will lecture about the all-American personal that Grant Wood so carefully cultivated, revealing the complex figure the public never saw. Wood secretly embodied much of what conservative America vilified. The title of the lecture is "Paint Like a Man: Gender and Disguise in the Work of Grant Wood."
This should be a fascinating lecture on the campus of Southwestern University and is completely free.
Location: F. W. Olin Building
1001 E. University Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626
Time: 5-7 p.m.
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