Charles and Amanda asked me about my choice of painting in yesterday’s list.
It’s too long to post as a comment, so here is my answer and some fun trivia about the work.
The painting is very special to me for several reasons.
I first saw it when I was at a very impressionable age.
I love the irrelevance of the subject matter and all the myth surrounding it. It was not intended by the artist to be a social commentary; he simply saw a house that evoked a sense of time and place in him. He put the couple (his sister and his dentist) in because … well the house on its own would have been boring.
The symmetry of the composition is perfect, and the repetition of the fork motif is very clever. (The embroidery on the man’s clothing, the windows etc).
Up close, the detail is exquisite; the lace curtain, the pattern on the woman’s dress and cameo; the treatment of the faces took my breath away.
Lastly, if you consider the work of Grant Wood’s contemporaries, Pollock, Rouault, Dufy, Durain et al, the discipline of his style dedication to classicism becomes remarkable.
For me, it is a forerunner to the pop poster and is the most parodied work of American art.
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I just received this very funny one from Charles via email: