Grant Wood's American Gothic
My Grant Wood Coffee Cup
The winner of my recent non-scientific poll for favorite Great American Painting is Grant Wood's iconic painting American Gothic. The painting "epitomizes the Puritan ethic and virtues that he believed dignified the Midwestern character" so says The Art Institute of Chicago where the 1930 painting resides. One sign of the affection people hold for this image is the popularity of parodies based on the image. Here, Kermit and Miss Piggy take up the famous pitchfork (note who is holding the pitchfork in this one).
Kermit and Miss Piggy Parody Grant Wood's American Gothic
Tied for second place were Jasper John's Flagg and Georgia O'Keeffe's Cow's Skull: Red, White and Blue. Coming in third, An American Portrait by Fritz Scholder and last, Gilbert Stuart's unfinished portrait, George Washington.