Grant Wood, 'July Fifteenth, 1938', lithograph, edition 250, 1938, Cole 5. Signed in pencil. A superb impression on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 3/16 to 2 inches), in excellent condition. Image size 9 x 11 7/8 inches; sheet size 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches. Matted to museum standards, unframed.
Printed by master lithographer George C. Miller. Published by Associated American Artists, New York, in 1938.
Reproduced and Exhibited: 'American Master Prints from the Betty and Douglas Duffy Collection', the trust for museum exhibitions Washington, D.C., 1987; 'Pressed In Time: American Prints 1905-1950', Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, 2007.
Impressions of this work are in the following museum collections: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Harvard Art Museums, Huntington Library Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Smithsonian America Art Museum, Sioux City Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Grant Wood (1892- 1942) was born in Anamona, Iowa, and lived for ten years on a farm in that area. When his father died in 1901, his mother sold the farm and moved to Cedar Rapids, which was to remain the center of Wood’s world. Principally self-taught, Wood received his art education in a summer class at the Minneapolis School of Design, Handicraft and Normal Art; two years at the University of Iowa; and night school at the Art Institute of Chicago. He made several trips to Europe and studied briefly at the Académie Julien in Paris. Wood was cofounder of the Stone City Art Colony and Art School and was director of the Public Works of Art Project in Iowa from 1933-1934. On a trip to Munich in 1928 to supervise the execution of a stained glass window for the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building, he studied the northern Renaissance masters, whose crystalline realism and work with layered oil glazes influenced his highly-crafted style of painting. Wood’s other sources of inspiration were American folk paintings and nineteenth-century townscapes.
The turning point in Wood’s career came in 1930 when he won a bronze medal at the Art Institute of Chicago for his painting American Gothic. The image received national recognition, and Wood became famous overnight. In 1937, Wood began making lithographs for the Associated American Artists. These works, imbued with the same humorous satire and meticulous craftsmanship that Wood employed in his paintings, are celebrated as iconic images of American Regionalism