American Gothic - 1930 - via
Most of us know Grant Wood's rather grim American Gothic painting which has become an iconic piece over the years. But obviously there's more to Wood than one painting, no matter how famous.
Thanks to Poul Webb's art blog, I discovered some of Wood's early work and much to my amazement I realized immediately that there was much more to Grant Wood than I'd suspected. I'd always liked Wood's tightly woven farm and landscape paintings evoking a sort of mythical mid-western ideal, but his early work (influenced by his study in Europe) is much freer and impressionistic in tone. It's always interesting to see the routes that painters make on their way to an eventual style. Take a look:
Courtyard in Italy - 1924 - via
Old Stone Barn - 1919 - via
Statue in Paris - 1920 - via
Cafe in Paris - 1920 - via
The Shop Inspector - 1925 - via
At the Gate 1926 - via
To learn about Grant Wood and see more of his work, please check out Poul Webb's art blog.