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Grant Wood's Studio: Birthplace of American Gothic Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing; 1ST edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791333259
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791333250
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This satisfying album by a set of art historians recounts the life and appraises the work and reputation of artist Grant Wood (1891-1942). Indelibly branded as a Depression-era American regionalist in the company of John Steuart Curry and Thomas Hart Benton, Wood had a more varied background than that label would imply. In the biographical chapter, Joni Kinsey explains that Wood was influenced early by the arts-and-crafts movement, succeeded by his interest in impressionism, which he emulated on painting trips to Europe. On one 1928 journey, Wood radically changed his style. Returning to his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wood developed his signature look of semisurreal objectivity and produced his most significant paintings in a burst of creativity. Analyzed by Wanda Corn, who thankfully finds a proportionate place for American Gothic, the core of Wood's oeuvre is reproduced in color plates, opening to viewers the tension between satire and affection apparent in Wood's approach to his usually rural subjects. Bound to be popular with browsers. Gilbert Taylor
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"A handsome, large format volume." -- San Diego-Union-Tribune, October 2005

"For an in-depth survey of Grant Wood’s works, choose Grant Wood’s Studio… A successful catalog of his works." -- Midwest Book Review, March 2006

"Handsomely produced and lavishly illustrated." -- Art Times, October 2005

"Highly readable essays on the artist, his career, his connection to Arts and Crafts movement, and his relationship to Modernism." -- Library Journal, January 2006

"Unusually informative and attractive… cogent essays… compact, useful chronology." -- Antiques and the Arts Weekly, April 2006

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For an in-depth survey of Grant Wood's works, choose GRANT WOOD'S STUDIO: BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN GOTHIC. Numerous contributors enhance details on both his better-known and lesser-known works, enhancing some 98 color photos with a historic background pinpointing his success as a painter and designer. The object here is two-fold: to gather and contrast both well known and more obscure works for a fuller representation of his talents, and to capture his intentions and achievements: a successful catalog of his works results, recommended for any serious Grant Woods collection or college-level art library.
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Nice book in order to get further aquainted with Grant Wood's works. A must for anyone who thinks Grant Wood was JUST "American Gothic". He was a lot more than that one painting, a very talented underrated artist.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessica M. Holland on November 11, 2009
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needed it for a class, school charged $60 for it, but here i got it for under $5, and when i recieved it it looked brand new
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