Experiencing American Gothic through Computer VS. in Person When visited the gallery 263 and finally looked at the American Gothic painting y myself, realized the importance Of seeing an artwork by one’s own eyes instead of looking at in on a computer or in books. The painting made that was Oil painted on Beaver Board was 78 x 65. 3 CM in size and there was the signature of Grant Wood on the lower right corner on the canvas along with the year 1930. Since I was there just to see and analyze the American Gothic, I stayed in front of the painting after other visitors moved towards other paintings.
Masterpiece Turned Into Senseless Parodies As we all know there have been countless parodies of the American Gothic out here, some of which are harmless parodies while many of them are totally absurd attempts. After looking at the painting for several minutes got a bit uncomfortable because found the two characters (Painter’s sister and his dentist) a bit creepy. The way the lady is looking at her tatter, who seems to be a hardworking farmer, and way the farmer is looking at us holding a pitchfork in his hand is what gives the painting another meaning than just two individuals standing in front of a farmhouse made using Carpet Gothic style.
However, creating parody after parody by different people is what I find disrespectful to he legendary art such as this one. If you praise something you should respect it and not make fun of it or use it is a source of humor because I found everything in the American Gothic but humor. Existence of Conflict in Concern with the Expectations of Society Earlier we have discussed themes and roles Of the artist that conflicted within the expectations of society.
If eve talk about whether or not the American Gothic had elements that conflicted Within the expectations Of society, we would have to say yes. For the reason that not everyone sees a particular thing in the same way, various people receive certain things in different manners. Same is the case With American Gothic as Landau, in one of her most interesting articles said that; “Some perceived the work as a scathing parody of the Midwest?one outraged farm wife even threatened to bite off Wood’s ear. (Landau, 2012) The Fame and Acceptance Earned By the Artwork There is a complicit that American Gothic holds within the expectations of society, However, the amount of praise this painting has received completely outweighs the negative remarks or reviews that it received. As Landau mentions n the very article ‘Honest and Creepy, Satire and Homage: Grant Wood’s American Gothic’: ‘Weanling, Gertrude Stein and other critics praised the painting as a cutting small-town satire, the visual equivalent of Sinclair Lexis’s Main Street. Still others saw the painting as honoring the Midwest and its strong values. She furthermore said; “During the Great Depression, the masterpiece gave hope to a desperate nation, and it helped shape the notion of the Midwest as a land of hard work and honest values Today, the painting is firmly embedded in our cultural vocabulary. ” (Landau, 2012) Without Atmosphere a Painting Is Nothing It is apparent that Wood believed that the environment Off painting is the most important element of a painting. This particular painting proves this point as the painter chose his dentist and his sister as his subjects just because there was no other model available to pose for the painting in front of the wood farmhouse.
Wood took help of his mother in making his paintings as she would agree to become the subject for many of Wood’s paintings. However. While Wood decided to paint the American Gothic, he realized that his mother won’t be able to stand in the field for that long while he paints, so he chose his sister instead. Wood chose his dentist and his sister because he couldn’t afford to lose the opportunity of painting the Carpenter Gothic style farmhouse that he came across while visiting the small town to Eldon in his native Iowa.
This reminds me of a quote by Rembrandt Harmonize Van Iris, which seems completely fitting to what Grant Wood was all about: ‘Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. ” Rembrandt Harmonize Van Iris Wood’s imagination was wide-ranging. He foresaw the fame and acceptance that this particular painting will get by analyzing the environs around the wood farmhouse. When he saw the house’s strange yet compelling arched window in the Carpenter Gothic style, the first thing that came to his mind was to find out what sort of people lived there.
However, instead of knocking on the door, the painter decided to capture the farmhouse in paint and tease out the story for himself in effort to sort through the puzzle, piece by piece. (Landau) “l imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house. – Grant Wood. Final Words American Gothic doesn’t fall in the category Of Primitive art as the elements t holds are usually found in such paintings and artworks that are related to modernism.