"Death on The Ridge Road" by Grant DeVolson Wood
Accompanied by "Benjamin" by Les McCann
[“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.” - Gabriel García Márquez]
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People are conspicuously absent in this farm scene by Grant Wood, titled “Haying” (1939). But the water jug placed at the bottom of the painting beckons you, the viewer, into the maze of hay. Which way would you turn 🌾
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This week’s In the Spotlight features a #WPA era watercolor by Robert (Bob) White. White was the head of all WPA projects in Iowa (succeeding #GrantWood) and the founding director of the Sioux City Art Center. This watercolor may relate to “Return from Work” an oil painting White submitted to the @whitneymuseum for their 1938 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting.
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"Arnold Comes of Age (Portrait of Arnold Pyle) by Grant Wood, 1930. Oil on composition board, Sheldon Museum of Art. .
Wood (1891 - 1942) was an American painter associated with the American Regionalism movement. Today most known for the iconic "American Gothic," the same year he also painted this portrait of Pyle (1908-1973) who himself would became a painter of note. Wood was Pyle's eighth grade art teacher, and became the aspiring artist's mentor and lifelong friend. Recalling Renaissance portraiture in the way Pyle is posed in front of a lush landscape, the inclusion of certain details--the naked bathing men in the background, the butterfly skimming his arm--seem to hint at some underlying psychological dynamics stirring beneath the still surface of the overall scene. According to Jonathan D. Katz, the portrait subtly hints at "the tension and difficulties faced by gay men who stayed behind in Middle America--or gay men, as was Wood, who returned to their native grounds after realizing they could not find a home in either the big cities of America or Europe." .
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