Thursday, April 21, 2016

Towards the End: Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891-1942) was what was called a "Regionalist" or "American Scene" painter, his best-known work being the truly iconic "American Gothic." His Wikipedia entry is here.

I wrote an "In the Beginning" post about Wood here, and included images of paintings from mid-career along with one from the year before his death from pancreatic cancer.

The present post features paintings dated 1939, 1940 and 1941, when he was 48-50, prime ages for many artists. So, unlike some Towards the End subjects, there is not much difference from his most famous works made when he was in his early-mid 40s. The main difference is that some tend to be a little bit less Moderne, simplified, geometrically-solid than the early 1930s paintings.


Haying - 1939

New Road - 1939

Parson Weems' Fable - 1939

January - 1940

Sentimental Ballad - 1940

Spring in the Country - 1941

Spring in Town - 1941


Hels said...

I wrote a long post on interwar landscapes that had a great deal in common, regardless of where the landscapes were painted. Only after that post was published did someone suggest Grand Wood would have been an ideal inclusion, so I wrote another post on Wood's interwar landscapes.

Thank you for adding later Wood paintings and thank you for including paintings that were not largely landscapes.


Donald Pittenger said...

Hels -- Thank you for your comments. I've been slow to reply because I'm in the midst of preparing a new e-book on a car styling subject.