American Gothic Revisited
You’re looking at the original figures standing beside Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Most people assume that the two folks in the original painting are husband a wife, but that’s not true. It’s actually a farmer and his spinster daughter.
AND, she’s not just a spinster, but she’s actually Grant Wood’s sister. The farmer is modeled after Wood’s dentist.
Grant Wood submitted his painting in a competition at the Art Institute of Chicago, and funnily enough, the judges awarded him a bronze medal for his work and $300.00 based solely on what the judges deemed as a ”comic valentine.” Ya, they thought it was a joke! Actually, they thought it was satire of small town America.
When you think about it, American Gothic is about 80 years old now, and at the time the big-wig artsie fartsie types awarded American Gothic a bronze medal because they believed (incorrectly) that Wood was taking the piss out of small town America – the “Bible thumpers”, so to speak. Not much has changed in 80 years it would seem.