Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter, art theorist and teacher who lived February 13, 1891 February 12, 1942. One year after joining the faculty at the University of Iowa, Grant Wood wrote a statement outlining his basic principles of art.
The title of the essay, ‘Revolt Against the City,’ underlines its rhetorical promotion of regionalism, a movement to which artists all over the United State must, according to Wood, dedicate themselves in order to avoid a ‘colonial’ dependency on European tradition.
He felt that the rural Midwest farmer’s life, dress, and setting, would provide the richest kind of material for a truly indigenous regionalist style. ‘Revolt Against the City’ appeared as the first of four pamphlets edited and independently published in Iowa City in 1935 by Frank Luther Mott, a renowned journalism professor and historian of the press. These are excerpts from it: Continue reading this article “Great Educator: Grant Wood; Revolt Against the City 1891 to 1942” »