Art: Period Piece

Grant Wood is an earthy, peaceable Iowan who manages to stir up many an artistic rumpus. His American Gothic (1930), portrait of a bleak, bald Iowa farmer and his tight-lipped daughter, at once became chief icon of the past decade's resurgent move to "paint American." His Daughters of Revolution (1932), three prim, grim, self-important matrons, scandalized the D. A. R. Lately Artist Wood has spent more time teaching and making lithographs than he has at his easel.

Last week Artist Wood's first big canvas in three years, Parson Weems' Fable, went on display at...

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