Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables

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American Gothic, 1930

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Narrator: When asked what American Gothic was about, Wood often said that it was really about architecture. This answer was typical of him—he didn’t like to give much away. But it’s true that the starting point was the house in the background. With a gothic-style window that seemed out of sync with its simple construction, the house seemed to him typically American. He later used his dentist and his sister Nan—in separate sittings—as the models for this couple.

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Painting of man holding a pitch fork and a woman in front of a house.

Narrator: When asked what American Gothic was about, Wood often said that it was really about architecture. This answer was typical of him—he didn’t like to give much away. But it’s true that the starting point was the house in the background. With a gothic-style window that seemed out of sync with its simple construction, the house seemed to him typically American. He later used his dentist and his sister Nan—in separate sittings—as the models for this couple.

To hear about why this painting may have captured so many viewers’ imaginations, please tap to continue.


Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930. Oil on composition board, 30 3⁄4 x 25 3⁄4 in. (78 x 65.3 cm). Art Institute of Chicago; Friends of American Art Collection 1930.934. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph courtesy Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY