Jesse Grant Wood Analysis

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“Oh right….Well, did you know that Grant Wood came across this house in August of 1930 on a car ride which he was very mesmerized by the Gothic style of the house. He then started painting the house on a piece of cardboard. In his very first sketch, he drew male and female figures, with the man actually holding a rake. By doing this, it almost portrays a certain status that was held in society at that time. “
Anna
“Wow. Impressive.”

Jesse
“ Yeah…the people painted are not even farmers. The man painted was actually the family’s dentist, while the woman was actually his sister. Wood stretched his sister 's face in the painting for it to appear more long and narrow. He said that he did not like to paint pretty woman. He also painted the woman,
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I didn’t know that.”

Jesse
“The composition of the painting is very precise. Wood’s brushstrokes and very clean and straight. If you look closely, there is actually a lot of repetition throughout this painting. For example, if you look at the shape of the window, it almost mimics the shape of the hayfork as well. Another matching element that many miss when initially looking at the painting is the sister’s apron and the curtains are actually the same pattern Lastly, the pitchfork is shown again on the shirt of the man. I also love the contrasting colors of the painting as well. The light colors of the blue sky and green trees pairs perfectly with the dark colors both the man and woman are wearing. “

Anna
“Why do you think they are so serious in the painting?”

Jesse
“I think it’s interesting how the colors the painting almost look faded or muddy, giving the painting almost an eerie feeling of possibly sadness or depression. I think Wood painted them to show a reflection of how people were at that specific time. It almost represents a type of strength and power within this painting. This also has been shown to be a key example of Regionalism.”

Anna
What’s that?
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Lee Krasner.”

Jesse
“I’ve never heard of...her?”

Anna
“She’s pretty interesting because she’s mostly only known for being married to Jackson Pollock and for her involvement in his career; she’s often characterized as high-strung and codependent. People tend to forget she was an artist herself, who was also an early innovator of abstract expressionism.”

Jesse
“Wow I did not know that.”

Anna
“The style of her paintings did change and seem similar to Jackson Pollock’s style after they met. Her earlier work was more analytical and formal, reflective of her artistic training and influences of cubism. This painting, called Charred Landscape, especially shows the loose and intuitive style she adopted from Pollock.”
“It’s characterized by its large mural-like size, bold and expressive brushstrokes, dynamic movement, and monochrome color.”

Jesse
“It seems…aggressive. It’s clear that something was disturbing her.”

Anna
“This painting, among others created in the same timeframe, was her way of coping with Pollock’s death and the recent death of her mother. She was suffering from chronic insomnia as a result and could only paint these at

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