Friday, July 15, 2016
When taking people on the "local" tour to give them a flavor of the area, we usually stop in at the American Gothic house seen above. It was the backdrop for the world famous Grant Wood picture of the same name of a dentist holding a pitchfork standing next to a dour looking sister of Wood. It is theorized that Grant Wood thought it was very pretentious to have such an ornate Gothic window in such a small farm house which is why he painted a farmer with a pitchfork in a suit coat and overalls standing in front.
I've been through the museum nearby many many times and although it has a generally history of the painting, Grant Wood and his sister Nan, it also always has a selection of painting parodies. I've seen the former enough to just skip and head straight for the parodies. This time, there were several sculpture parodies of the famous couple.
In the left of this picture, you can see a bulletin board full of sent in parodies of the painting. The museum has a collection of outfits and pitchforks so that you can dress like the couple in the painting and stand in front of the house and photograph yourself. I have done so many times but have never felt like sending it in to the museum but evidently I am in a minority judging from the multitudes of pictures covering the rest of the wall.
My favorite of them all showing another Grant Wood painting in the reflection of the farmer's glasses.