Grant Wood
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Grant Devolson Wood (1891 - 1942)

Grant Devolson "Lee" Wood
Born in Jackson, Jones, Iowa, USAmap
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Husband of — married 2 Mar 1935 (to 1939) in Iowa, United Statesmap
Died in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Feb 2014
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Biography

Grant Wood was an American painter best known for the iconic portrait of a farmer and his spinster daughter, American Gothic (1930), which, along with the Mona Lisa, is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. He was one of three leaders of the Regionalist art movement in the thirties.

Grant Devolson Wood was born February 13th, 1891 in Jackson Township, Jones County, Iowa to Frances and Hattie (Weaver) Wood.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Grant grew up in Cedar Rapids,[7][8][9][10][11] attended art classes in Cedar Rapids, then the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis, and the Chicago Art Institute. He traveled to Europe to study Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, studying at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1923-1924, and to Germany where he was influenced by 15th century Flemish and German artwork.[1][6][5][11][12]

As a young man, Grant served in the army as a camouflage artist.[6][4] He then worked in carpentry to support himself and his mother before he entered fully into his art career, teaching from 1934 to 1941 at the University of Iowa, then also as a studio artist.[3][13][14] His studio was in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, and his longtime assistant was Park Reinhart.[14] Grant loved painting scenes from life in Iowa best-as seen in his many paintings of the state.[6] He often featured people he knew but not necessarily in the same roles in the paintings as they were in his life.[6] Though much of his work comes off as simple on the front, deeper examination shows commentary on the world around him laced with cynicism and satire.[6][15] He served as the state director for art projects sponsored by the WPA.[6]

Grant Wood died of cancer one day before his 51st birthday, February 12, 1942 in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa.[6] He was buried with his mother, very deliberately not in the Wood family plot, which he despised in life, but in the nearby Weaver family plot, Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, Iowa.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5B-2GXH : 16 March 2018), Grant Wood, 1920; citing Passport Application, Iowa, United States, source certificate #40617, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 1224, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XVFV-VVY : accessed 12 Feb 2014), F. M. Wood in entry for Grant Wood, 1891.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ2X-99F : 13 March 2018), Grant De Volson Wood, 1917-1918; citing Linn County, Iowa, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,643,174.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Iowa State Census, 1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQ3-NP48 : 16 March 2018), Grant D Wood, Linn Township, Linn, Iowa, United States; citing Linn Township, Linn, Iowa, United States, Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,429,418.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3R-H3MB : 16 March 2018), Grant Wood, 1920; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 403, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,489.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 February 2019), memorial page for Grant Wood (13 Feb 1891–12 Feb 1942), Find A Grave: Memorial #1122, citing Riverside Cemetery, Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  7. "Iowa State Census, 1895," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT32-QXX : 12 March 2018), Francis M Wood, Jones, Iowa, United States; citing p. 331, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,022,067.
  8. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M926-BDV : accessed 12 Feb 2014), Grant Wood in household of Frank M Wood, Jackson Township, Jones, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 112, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240440.
  9. "Iowa State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVM5-XCV3 : 16 March 2018), Grant Wood, Linn, Iowa, United States; citing card #B441, State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,430,503.
  10. "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGMN-7V9 : accessed 12 Feb 2014), Grant D Wood in household of Hattie B Wood, Cedar Rapids Precinct 2, Linn, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 310, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374424.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24XD-QGG : 12 March 2018), Grant Wood, 1928; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. "United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FSZ9-RZ2 : 27 November 2014), Grant Wood, 03 Sep 1920; from "Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship Grampian, arrival port Quebec, Belgium, line 13, NARA microfilm publication M1464, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, RG 85, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 403.
  13. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M81V-XMK : accessed 12 Feb 2014), Grant D Wood in household of Hattie D Wood, Cedar Rapids Ward 7, Linn, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 370, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820500.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMY6-WFF : accessed 12 Feb 2014), Grant Wood, Ward 4, Iowa City, Iowa City Township, Johnson, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 52-21, sheet 4A, family 92, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1171.
  15. Taylor, Sue. “Grant Wood's Family Album.” American Art, vol. 19, no. 2, 2005, pp. 48–67. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/444481.

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