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American Gothic

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m busy with end-of-year exams.

I’ve just taken my History of American Art exam.

While I was researching, I came across the following image:

It’s a twist to one of the most famous images in American Art.

Many know it, but can’t identify the title or the artist.

The title is American Gothic by Grant Wood.

It was painted in 1930, as part of the American Scene/Regionalism movement.

The title may be misleading to European art lovers.

The painting is named after the cottage in the foreground, which is an example of gothic revival architecture, with a distinctive window up top.

Despite misconceptions, the painting actually shows a farmer with his spinster daughter, modeled after the artist’s sister and his dentist.

Here are some parodies of American Gothic:

And for The Office fans

Blooming Georgia O’Keeffe

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.- Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been preparing for my History of American Art exam.

Of my most favorite artists is Georgia O’Keeffe.

She is best known for her dramatic paintings of gigantic flowers and sun-bleached desert bones.

She started painting flowers 1918, but it wasn’t until 1924 that she painted magnified images of blossoms.

 In the period from 1918 to 1932 O’Keeffe produced more than 200 flower paintings.

She painted roses, petunias, poppies, camellias, sunflowers, bleeding hearts and daffodils as well as  rare blooms such as black irises and exotic orchids.

One of the flowers that she regularly treated in larger-than-life format was the calla lily.

Illustrating Beauty- Coby Whitmore

Coby Whitmore is a mainstay of American Illustration.

He spent the majority of his life and professional career in New York.

He’s best known as a painter and magazine illustrator for such publications as Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Saturday Evening Post.

His work typically showcased the post-war, white, American family living a life of moderate luxury.

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