Grant Wood was born in 1891 in rural Iowa and died in 1942. He attended school at The Handicraft Guild, an art school in Minneapolis.
In 1930, Grant Wood created the painting "American Gothic." In August 1930, Grant Wood, an American painter with European training, was driven around Eldon, Iowa, by a young painter from Eldon, John Sharp. Looking for inspiration, Wood noticed the Dibble House, a small white house built in the Carpenter Gothic architectural style.
He was best known for his paintings depicting the midwest. Grant Wood was an active painter from an extremely young age until his death, and although he is best known for his paintings, he worked in a large number of media, including lithography, ink, charcoal, ceramics, metal, wood and found objects.