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COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the February meeting of Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority Susan McClish presented on one of her favorite painters, Grant Wood.
He was born in 1891 in Iowa on a farm. Though he had some training in France and in Impressionism, he loved Iowa and the symmetry of Iowa fields. He developed his own style combining realism and symbolism.
His most famous painting is â€śAmerican Gothic,â€ť completed in 1930. Woodâ€™s sister and a local dentist are portrayed in the painting, which became more popular as the Depression deepened.
His version of Herbert Hooverâ€™s boyhood home is reproduced on Iowaâ€™s quarter and Woodâ€™s name is engraved on it. McClish showed reproductions of a variety of his paintings.
Wood also did commercial work building three-dimensional model houses and grounds for an architect. He painted murals and designed jewelry. Today many of his paintings are owned by famous people including George C. Scott and Chicagoâ€™s Fields family.
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