Iowa Landscape — "The Crik"

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Artist

Grant Wood
1892-1942
Born in Anamosa, IA

Title

Iowa Landscape — "The Crik"

Date

1934

Description

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.

Medium

Oil on board

Dimension

12 1/2 x 14 5/8 inches

Credit Line

Purchase, Katharine G. Ordway Fund

Object ID

91.29.1

Notes

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.

Publications

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.

Rights Statement

In Copyright