Born in Anamosa, IA
Iowa Landscape — "The Crik"
This rural landscape by Grant Wood is likely a depiction of Indian Creek in Iowa, a setting Wood illustrated several times in his career. In the foreground, surrounded by steeply cut banks, a shallow creek zigzags towards the center of the work while a farmer plows his field in the background. The majority of the painting features tufts of golden grass save for the green flora in the creek and the few solitary trees in the background.
Oil on board
12 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches
Purchase, Katharine G. Ordway Fund
A letter from Mrs. Jessup to Wood's sister, Nan Wood Grant, records the circumstances of the painting's creation. Dated February 18, 1924, it was sent in response to Wood's death from pancreatic cancer on Februrary 12 of that year. In it Mrs. Jessup calls the artist a "good friend," and describes the painting.
Myers, Donald. "Grant Wood." In Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art, edited by Kristin Makholm, 76-77. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2011.