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Grant Wood's 1930 painting American Gothic is perhaps one of the most recognizable images in world painting and an emblematic work of American culture. An imagined reproduction of a 'typical' rural Midwestern family, Wood's iconic, and ironic, work is a product of his upbringing in Iowa and yet also owes a great deal to the portraiture that emerged from the Northern Renaissance in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Currently housed in the Art Institute of Chicago, Wood was inspired by the extant American Gothic House in the Iowa town of Eldon, which was designed and built between 1881 and 1882 in the Gothic Revival style. The painting is a rumination on what kind of people the artist imagined would, or should, live there. In American Gothic architecture comes before national stereotype, and configures the identity politics of the midwestern United States as most acutely affected by the built environment. Showing a farmer alongside his lonely, unmarried daughter, Wood's vision is one of a warped and unsettled Americana, signalling exhaustive labor, isolation, and eccentricity.
The subject of countless reproductions and parodied continuously in popular culture, American Gothic achieved instant fame for the artist and became firmly engrained in the popular mindset of the 1930s wherein the American experience shifted from a decidedly rural one to primarily urban. When Wood spotted the little farmhouse he asked his sister and his local dentist to pose in front of the building, imagining the old daguerrotype photographs he had seen in his childhood in the family album. The rigidity, the sternness, and the sense of time having passed is achieved through the artist's use of the iconography of Northern Renaissance art, which Wood was faced with during a series of travels in the late 1920s. Surrounding himself with the traditions and folklore of the midwest, American Gothic is a majestic fusion of American values, the cold light of modernity, and the European protestant origins of many American people.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of American Gothic, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of American Gothic that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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