Trivia Crack Answer: Grant Wood
About Grant Wood painted American Gothic
Grant Devolson Wood, born 1891 and died in 1942, was an American painter made famous through his American midwest paintings, and in particular, American Gothic. American Gothic, painted in 1930, was inspired by the American Gothic House, otherwise known as the Dibble House. The house of Eldon, Iowa, has a distinct Gothic Revival style which is defined by a crowning triangular frame top and large upper window. This style of American architecture is also known as Carpenter Gothic or Rural Gothic. This architectural design was generally limited to small churches and domestic buildings, but is prevalent across most of the United States of America, excluding Arizona and New Mexico. The Dibble House was named so after its contemporary occupant Charles Dibble as a private residence. Grant Wood’s painting depicts a farmer and his spinster daughter staring in front of the house. Of it, Wood had said he had decided to paint to house with ‘the kind of people [he] fancied should live in that house.’ It is a quintessential 19th century Americana representation with the colonial print on the daughter’s dress and the father’s pitchfork showing hard labor and familial farming of the midwest. This is the domestic scene most familiar to 20th century American lifestyle and art.