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Grant Wood

Written by Brett Nelson

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Posted on September 16 2019

Grant Wood was a famous painter of his time, commonly known for pieces depicting rural America, much of his inspiration coming from his childhood experiences at the farm back in Iowa.
Wood was born on the 13th of February 1891 in Iowa. 10 years later in 1901, his family moved to Cedar Rapids after his father’s death. Later, at Cedar Rapids, he started working as an apprentice at a metal shop he got skill in various work styles. He then joined Washington High School and continued until 1910 when he enrolled at Minneapolis to continue with his schooling. In 1911, he returned to Iowa where he taught at a rural school which had only one classroom. He had much interest in art that he got to the School of Art Institute in Chicago and started as a silver smith. He held a great part in regionalism especially during the period the great depression when it was costly for the artist to travel to Europe. Soon enough he was the spokesman of the Regionalist movement which developed well as to create American art. He lived much of his life in Cedar Rapids and got married to Sara Sherman Maxon, (she was a little older than him) in 1935 but separated after three years of marriage.
Some of his friends called him a homosexual, and he was almost dismissed from (the University of Iowa School Art) where he taught for allegations that he was having an affair with his secretary. These claims though, were later dismissed by the school’s principal and he was called back to work, unfortunately, he was not able to continue with work because of some health problems. Later in 12th of February, he died of pancreatic cancer and was buried at Riverside Cemetery, Iowa. Some of his works were ‘spotted man’ done in 1924, ‘woman with plants’ in 1929 and his ‘self-portrait’ in 1932 amongst other numerous pieces.

 

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