American_Gothic_painting

American_Gothic_pain - sister The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron mimicking 19th century Americana and the couple are in the traditional

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American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood from 1930. Wood's inspiration came from a cottage designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window [1] and a decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house." [2] The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman whose identity remains ambiguous; she may either be his spinster daughter, as explained by the artist's sister, or the farmer's wife. The figures were modeled by the artist's dentist and
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Unformatted text preview: sister. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron mimicking 19th century Americana and the couple are in the traditional roles of men and women, the man's pitchfork symbolizing hard labor, and the flowers over the woman's right shoulder suggesting domesticity. It is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art, and one of the most parodied artworks within American popular culture. -- Wikipedia...
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course ENG 410 taught by Professor Hilbert during the Spring '08 term at S.F. State.

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