Grant WoodGrant Wood (February 13, 1891 – February 12, 1942) was an American painter, born four miles east of Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century.
In 1932, Wood helped found the Stone City Art Colony near his hometown to help artists get thru the Great Depression. He became a great proponent of the regionalism in the arts and lectured across the country.
He taught painting at the University of Iowa from 1934 to 1941.