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American Gothic - 28/52 | by Phil Roeder
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American Gothic - 28/52

We spent a long weekend in Chicago, which meant a walk from the hotel to the Art Institute of Chicago. Not only is it one of the greatest art museums in the world - made even better with the recent addition of the modern wing - but it's also one of the most liberal art museums I've ever been to when it comes to letting visitors use their cameras. Basically, if it's part of their permanent collection you can fire away.


At the same time, I've never understood taking a photograph of a painting. Go in the gift shop and buy a coffee table book of the museum's collection if you want to look at the art you've just seen.


But I do think it's interesting to see people interacting with art. I especially liked this older couple sitting on a bench in front of Grant Wood's American Gothic. I thought they made for a nice juxtaposition with the couple in the painting.


I recently read that this painting was second only to the Mona Lisa for being the most recognized and reproduced work of art in the world. Which is nice, since Grant Wood is from my home state of Iowa, grew up about 20 miles away from where I grew up, and was a teacher at the University of Iowa.


Exhibited - 2012 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon

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Taken on July 16, 2011