American Gothic is perhaps one of the most recognized paintings in American Art. This work was painted and created by the regionalist artist, Grant Wood from Iowa. This painting is often referred to as an American icon in our country. Grant Wood painted this work in the year of 1930, just as the depression was beginning to take over America and it was discovered at an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
La Grande Odalisque 1814, in the Louvre, is one of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres most recognizable paintings. He is classed a Neo-classical Painter and is an important precursor of Modern Art. Check out the elongated pose of this woman. If you look carefully she is actually quite distorted. Now check out Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso to see where they drew inspiration.