Art: Iowa's Painter

In a hospital room in Iowa City, death came last week to the most famed artist in the U.S. For two months he had fought a losing battle against cancer of the liver. At his bedside his old friend Thomas Benton had helped him toast the Midwest school of U.S. realism which they and John Steuart Curry had founded and brought to national fame. The trio would henceforth be a duet. Grant Wood was dead at 50.

To the U.S. public Grant Wood was a homely, honest lowan whose art, unlike most of his contemporaries',...

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