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Creator Name: Wood, Grant
Creator Nationality: American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1892 - 1942
Creator Name-CRT: Grant Wood
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1940
Creation End Date: 1940
Creation Date: 1940
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on masonite panel
Dimensions: Framed: 67cm x 82.5cm x 7.5cm, Unframed: 45.7cm x 60.1cm
Inscriptions: signed and dated lower left: Grant Wood/1940
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.2
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Copyright: Art: © Artist or Artist's Estate/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. King Vidor, Beverly Hills, CA, 1940; King W. Vidor Trust; Private Collector, New Jersey; (Berry-Hill Gallery, NY)
Style or Period: America, 20th century
Context: This painting portrays snow-laden shocks of corn that recede into the distance, like a line of armored soldiers, in a white, otherwise featureless landscape. Wood beautifully rendered the irregular patterns of frozen snow and icicles hanging from the corn. Close examination reveals that the snow is not simply white but a complex mix of dozens of colors. In the foreground, the tracks of a rabbit zigzag through the white landscape and enter a hole in the cornshock. Painted at a time when Wood and his work were under attack at the University of Iowa, the piece explores opposing themes of shelter and oblivion.Along with Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) and John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), Wood is one of the three major figures of the Regionalist movement, which dominated American art of the 1930s. The theme of the abundant Midwestern landscape is common in Regionalist painting. However, January represents a surprising inversion of this theme of Midwestern abundance.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.2
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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