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American Gothic
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Painting by Grant Wood
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Regionalist painting by Grant Wood depicting two individuals who stand in as prototypes of the Midwestern man and woman. Detailed realism evokes Renaissance portraiture. Stiff poses recall early photography. Home in the background is Carpenter Gothic style, which owes to the Gothic style but is generally self-taught. Painting has been praised as a national symbol of rural life and morals. Conversely, painting has also been understood as a satirical look at Midwestern America. Art Institute of Chicago
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