“I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had come to me while I was milking a cow.” — Grant Wood
Grant Wood and the American Farm at Reynolda House, Fall 2016.
This month, we're celebrating the birthday of the seminal American artist Grant Wood.
Grant lived most of his life in eastern Iowa, and with his mother, Hattie. His sister Nan, with whom he was very close, lived with Grant and their mother until her marriage and posed for her brother on numerous occasions, most notably in American Gothic (1930)
Reynolda's own Wood painting,
Spring Turning, was featured in the February 8, 1937 issue of LIFE magazine as a sizeable spread. On Wood's verdant landscape, the magazine wrote: "Wood's latest and greatest landscape was finished last September after eighteen months' work. Methodical and painstaking, Wood first built a clay model for depth and scale, meticulously dotted the picture with milk weeds, and painted mathematically precise fence posts."
Grant Wood's Spring Turning (1936), on view in the historic house library, 2017.
Just as Reynolda's Grant Wood has captivated audiences in Winston-Salem. It is among our most requested works of art to be loaned to other museums. Visitors to the Whitney Museum of American Art will see Reynolda's Wood painting in the exhibition
Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables (March 2 — June 10, 2018).