Grant Wood (1891–1942) is Iowa’s most famous artist and his painting, American Gothic, is one of America’s most famous paintings.

 

Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa in 1891 but moved to Cedar Rapids when he was ten years old after the death of his father. From then on, Wood lived most of his life in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City, dying of cancer the day before his 51st birthday.

 

This Thursday morning tour will visit 3 Cedar Rapids locations that have direct ties to Grant Wood. From the Kirkwood Hotel we will drive to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art which possesses the world’s largest collection of works by Grant Wood. During our docent-guided visit we will view many of his works and learn about the many fascinating sides to this man. We then transfer a few blocks to his home and studio from 1924 to 1935. His most famous painting, American Gothic, was painted in this studio in 1930. A docent guide will escort us through the studio, providing added insights to his creativity and sense of humor.

 

Our third stop will be Brucemore, a park-like, 26-acre estate with a Queen Anne-style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. In 1925, Irene Douglas hired emerging artist Grant Wood to add decorative plaster relief to her daughter Barbara’s sleeping porch. Our guided tour will include a visit to the porch. Brucemore is Iowa’s only listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

COST There is a $20 registration fee which covers admissions and guide services.