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American Gothic Published
Barbara St Jean
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American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood, remake and published by Cannabis Health Foundation for the Medical Marijuana Journal. May/June 2003. Grant Wood adopted the precise realism of 15th century northern European artists, but his native Iowa provided the artist with his subject matter. American Gothic depicts a farmer and his spinster daughter posing in front of their house, whose gabled window and tracery in the American Gothic style, inspired the painting's title. In fact the models were Wood's sister and their dentist. A Vancouver-based company, re-did the original painting for a poster in 1998, updating it for contemporary times. They added a satellite dish to the house, gave the "farmer" an earring, a glove (#436 Dura Bull) and the fruit of his labours to the pitch fork. To the daughter they added a joint and moved one eye to give a slightly zonked appearance. After all, records show that 1930 was a bumper crop. The original poster had a caption at the bottom saying "Finally a real cash crop". Cannabis Health Foundation saw this poster and felt it the perfect image for issue #4 called the "The Economics of Cannabis". The original hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Cannabis Health Foundation was formed in the spring of 2002 as a non-profit foundation for which I worked as Senior Editor until May 2006. Copies of the magazine have been archived and are now available in limited quantities for purchase. Please send me an email if you are interest in purchasing your own limited edition copy.
Brought to you by Barbara St. Jean, Saint Jean Art Gallery, Copyright Protected, All rights reserved. To purchase print please visit my site; http://barbara-saint-jean.artistwebsites.com/
May 1st, 2013
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