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American Gothic : the biography of Grant Wood's American masterpiece

Author: Thomas Hoving; Grant Wood
Publisher: New York : Chamberlain Bros., a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2005.
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"You saw the cover of this book and paused. You recognized the stern countenance of the old farmer and the dour mien of his companion. You recognized the pitchfork and the gabled roof. You may not have known the name of the painting or of the artist who painted it; however, you already knew that you were looking at an American masterpiece. But as you looked at this masterpiece, what did you see?" "From its  Read more...
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Hoving, Thomas, 1931-2009.
American Gothic.
New York : Chamberlain Bros., a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2005
(OCoLC)691597034
Named Person: Grant Wood; Grant Wood; Grant Wood
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hoving; Grant Wood
ISBN: 1596091487 9781596091481
OCLC Number: 58791101
Description: 165 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1 American Gothic 1 --
2 Happy Birthday 5 --
3 My First Impression 13 --
4 Being Forced to Look 15 --
5 In Greater Detail 22 --
6 Style 29 --
7 Genesis 35 --
8 The Show 53 --
9 Who Was Grant Wood and Where Did His Art Come From? 67 --
10 Fame 94 --
11 The Icon 115 --
12 The Value 125 --
13 Back to Your First Impression 126 --
Appendix The Checklist 127.
Responsibility: Thomas Hoving.
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"You saw the cover of this book and paused. You recognized the stern countenance of the old farmer and the dour mien of his companion. You recognized the pitchfork and the gabled roof. You may not have known the name of the painting or of the artist who painted it; however, you already knew that you were looking at an American masterpiece. But as you looked at this masterpiece, what did you see?" "From its controversial unveiling at a juried exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago seventy-five years ago to its eventual acceptance and recognition as a true work of art, American Gothic has seeped into the American psyche and become a beloved piece of Americana. Art connoisseur and bestselling author Thomas Hoving offers both his professional and his personal opinion about the iconic painting and brings its creator, Grant Wood, to life. Hoving trains your eye to look for the nuances, and directs your attention to little details that you might have missed, as well as providing insights into Wood's sources of inspiration and creative process. Last, he gives expert advice about viewing and truly appreciating art in all its forms. Here is a wonderful narrative filled with history, humorous anecdotes, and a great love of art. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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