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Grant Wood
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"In making these paintings, as you may have guessed, I had in mind something which I hope to convey to a fairly wide audience in America -- the picture of a country rich in the arts of peace; a homely lovable nation, infinitely worth any sacrifice necessary to its preservation."

Grant Wood and Little Sister Nan : Essays and Remembrances
(Julie Jensen McDonald, Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret (Editor), Nanwood Graham (Illustrator))
This book traces the life of one of the most famous models in art. The life of the artist, her brother, is documented. Many illustrations. With over 40 photographs of the artist and his sister, this title, illustrated with family photos, tells the untold story of Nans life. She is known worldwide as the woman who posed with the man holding the pitchfork in Grants painting American Gothic. This is a book for Iowans proud of Grand Wood and for all those who like Americana-type subjects. The chapter Life with Edward is a tobacco road story of life in California in the 1930s.

Grant Wood: An American Master Revealed
(Grant Wood (Editor), James M. Dennis, James S. Horns, Helen ma Parkin, Brady Roberts, Helen Mar Parkin, James Hornes)
Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Davenport museum of Art and travelling to several locations during 1996.

Renegade Regionalists: The Modern Independence of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry
(James M. Dennis)
James Dennis is professor of art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Grant Wood: A Study in American Art and Culture, as well as of catalogs for the traveling exhibition Grant Wood: An American Master Revealed and for the Grant Wood collection of the Cedar Rapids Art Center.

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