American Gothic, 1930
Grant Wood's (American, 1891-1942) infamous painting of a couple of farmers is an iconic image that has been copied time and time again.
The painting is of an actual house in Eldon, Iowa. The models for the artist and spinster daughter were of Wood's dentist and sister. The painting won a bronze medal at the Art Institute of Chicago and a $300 prize. The Art Institute purchased the painting and it is now probably one of the Institute's best loved American pieces of work along with Nighthawks.