Born in rural Iowa, American painter Grant Wood (1891-1942) would parlay his
small-town vision into a creative vision recognizable throughout the world.
Having studied in Paris at the famed Académie Julien, he spent some time
exploring and working in an Impressionist style. Unlike the loose, fleeting
aspect of French Impressionists, American painters interpreted the
Impressionist ideas of color and light into a more traditional, academic
style of painting. Wood's representational art and crisp style translated
well into his portraits and landscapes of Midwestern life. He has become an
icon of American art, and perhaps Iowa's most famous son.