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American Gothic, one of the most recognizable paintings in the history of art was painted by Grant Wood (1891-1942) in 1930 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As one of the most iconic American images it is also one of the most parodied. The original models, Wood’s sister Nan and his dentist Byron, are often replaced with famous figures or couples.
The original painting is now located at the Art Institute of Chicago but the American Gothic House, or Dibble House, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be found in Eldon, Iowa.
Grant Wood’s work can be found across the state of Iowa with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art currently housing the world’s largest collection of Grant Wood’s work.