A New Slant on Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”

Everyone knows Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic.”  As a memory refresher on the piece,  “American Gothic” caused quite a stir when it was first shown in 1930 at The Art Institute of Chicago.  It was also awarded a cash prize in the amount of a whopping three hundred dollars.  Newspapers across the country ran the story of a painting depicting a farm couple standing before a simple, Gothic Revival-style white house.  Legend has it that Wood asked his sister and his dentist to pose for the painting.  It is also interesting that Wood intended the subjects to be a farmer and his unmarried daughter, not the farmer’s wife.  Wood’s style rendered the scene in the manner of Northern Renaissance art, noted for its elongated and elegant treatment of the subject matter.

Well this great moment in art has met the stick figure in the form of Jeffrey Metzner’s note cards entitled “Great Moments in Art.”  I love these humorous note and thank you cards and I was instantly charmed at how Metzner took the basic elements of “American Gothic”, along with Munch’s “The Scream,” Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” boiled them down to their essence and still retained their spirit.

Note card photos by Joel Woodard

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