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American Gothic: The Biography of Grant Wood's American Masterpiece

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The story behind one of the most famous paintings in American art.
The stern, sober countenance of the elderly farmer. The quiet, loyal character of his prim wife. Few other paintings are so instantly recognizable as Grant Wood's masterpiece "American Gothic." Bestselling Chicago author Thomas Hoving brings to life Wood himself and illuminates, as only he can, the allure
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Chamberlain Bros.
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Jan Duncan-O'Neal
Jan 22, 2008 Jan Duncan-O'Neal rated it liked it
Recommends it for: art lovers, Iowans, all ages
I'm going to re-read this one. I remember liking it (Hoving is an art expert and clear writer) just after viewing the Grant Wood exhibition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wood was far more talented than other regionalists of the day and is dismissed too easily.
I enjoyed reading about the details of this painting and of the artist, Grant Wood. It was insightful and included details that make the viewing experience more enjoyable. I have viewed the original several times and will again soon.
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Decent introduction to looking at paintings for the common viewer.
Sep 14, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: museum
Great history as well as insight into an iconic work of art.
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Thomas Pearsall Field Hoving was an American museum executive and consultant, best known for serving as the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His books primarily focus on art-related subjects, including art forgeries, Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, Tutankhamen, and the 12th-century walrus ivory crucifix known as the Bury St. Edmunds Cross. His memoir, Making the Mummies Dance, details his yea
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