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American Gothic House


The American Gothic House, also known as the Dibble House, is a house in Eldon, Iowa, designed in the Gothic Revival style with a distinctive upper window. It was the backdrop of the 1930 painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. Generally considered Wood's most famous work and among the most recognized paintings in twentieth century American art, the painting is the model for hundreds of parodies across every creative medium. Grant Wood, who observed the house only once in his lifetime, made only an initial sketch of the houseā€”he completed American Gothic at his studio in Cedar Rapids.

  • also known as House used as model in Grant Wood's pa; Dibble House; American Gothic House, Eldon
  • part of Eldon, Iowa

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Google previewA Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (2009)

by Ian Chilvers, John Glaves-Smith

American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house'. The painting won a bronze medal at an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago (which now owns the work), but it aroused violent controversy ...

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