Honorary Degree - GRANT WOOD

Medium: lithograph

Honorary Degree - GRANT WOOD - lithograph

American, (1891-1942)

Lithograph, 1938, Johnson 5, Cole 4; edition 250. 11 7/8 x 6 15/16 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was based on Wood receiving an honorary degree from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin. He used two of his friends at the University as models. "The hood mimics the shape of the Gothic window in the background, recalling the symbolic window in American Gothic, perhaps implying that the public recognition--symbolized by the shower of light cascading down upon the recipient--has come from the fame of his iconic painting. Wood seems to literally be basking in the glory of the Gothic arch, his symbol for Regionalism and American Gothic, while the two professors bear looks of disdain upon their faces, a sharp contrast to Wood's almost cherubic gaze up towards them." (See page 72 of Grant Wood: The 19 Lithographs, A catalogue RaisonnĂ© by Bruce Johnson (2016).       $3,500

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