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Grant Wood

Tri-State Artists (IA/NE/SD) and Upper Midwestern Artists | 1891–1942 | Anamosa, Iowa

Grant Wood was born in Anamosa, Iowa and became the unofficial leader of the Regionalist artists. Though he studied in both New York and Europe, he lived most of his life in Iowa and devoted the majority of his artworks to subjects connected to rural and small town life. His painting method shifted in the late 1920s, away from a somewhat impressionistic style seen in his Corn Room mural toward a more realistic style within compositions organized tightly on geometric principles. Though best known for his painting, American Gothic, he was also a prolific printmaker, producing a large number of lithographs in the 1930s.