American Gothic was painted by American artist Grant Wood (1891-1942) in the small Midwestern town of Eldon in his home state of Iowa in 1930. Grant Wood was inspired by the house while visiting Iowa. American Gothic is one of the most recognized paintings in the world.
- Shown is a farmer and his spinster daughter in front of their house. The models on the painting were Wood’s sister, Nan, and Wood’s dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby from Iowa. Wood painted the house along with the people he imagined might live there. The house actually exists in Eldon, Iowa. It was built in the American Gothic style. The models never sat in front of the house, and each element was painted separately.
- Other famous paintings by Grant Wood include : The Little Chapel Chancelade (1926), Woman with Plants (1929) and John B. Turner, Pioneer (1929).