The first time I saw it IRL (in real life) was on a visit to Chicago a couple years ago at the Art Institute of Chicago.
It’s actually quite small (only 2 1/2 ft by 2 ft).
Wood’s inspiration for the painting came from the American Gothic house that stands behind the couple,
not the couple themselves.
I tried to imagine, he said, “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.”
And speaking of the couple – did you know they were meant to portray a farmer and his spinster daughter?
Not a husband and wife?
The models for the painting were the artist’s sister and their dentist.
The farmer’s pitchfork symbolizes hard labor
while the flowers over the daughter’s right shoulder suggest domesticity.
I saw this quilted rendition of American Gothic at the Quilt Expo in Portland, Oregon last week.
and you’ll recognize his pieces in the overalls and the woman’s dress,
as well as the pitchfork and hand holding the pitchfork.
Here’s a close-up:
Speaking of which, how about this guy’s take on American Gothic from quilter, Luke Haynes:
Have you seen it in real life?
Parodies of it?
I always enjoy learning an artist’s inspiration for pieces,
for works of literature, for gardens,
anything that inspires a creative work
and why some become iconic.