Overrated? How American Gothic became an icon
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How did American Gothic go from third place painting to icon? There’s a story to this famous painting.
Grant Wood’s American Gothic is a classic painting. But to understand its fame, you have to learn some context about how it became an icon.
When Grant Wood painting his sister and dentist in front of a house in Eldon, Iowa, he didn’t know his painting would become iconic. But American Gothic soon became the subject of countless homages and parodies. Wood’s place in American art history is unique — and worth knowing to truly appreciate American Gothic.