As someone who grew up immersed in the art of Grant Wood (I attended his namesake elementary school) the temporary return of the painting to Iowa is making news. To understand American Gothic, Eldon, and how it relates to today’s world is the subject of a future blog post.
“Does it depict life today? Probably not,” says Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge. “The world has changed dramatically. People are much more mobile. Fewer people live on farms and make their living on farms. We don’t dress that way anymore. But that doesn’t take anything away in my mind from the painting. The painting is still a depiction of our heritage and something we should be proud of.”