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Wood, Grant, 18911942

Grant Wood was born on February 13, 1891 on his parents' farm four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. Grant Wood was an exceptional artist from a very young age. When he was 14, he won third prize in a national contest for a crayon drawing of oak leaves and said that winning that prize was his inspiration to become an artist. His formal art education included two summers with Ernest Batchelder at the School of Design and Handicraft in Minneapolis and three years of occasional night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago.



In October 1920, Grant Wood set out on a trip to Europe, telling his sister "the art critics and dealers want no part of American art. They think this country is too new for any culture and too crude and undeveloped to produce any artists. You have to be a Frenchman, take a French name, and paint like a Frenchman to gain recognition." It wasn't long before Grant would prove them wrong.













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