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Grant Wood Self-Portrait

Grant Wood Self-Portrait
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Artist
Grant Wood, 13 Feb 1891 - 12 Feb 1942
Sitter
Grant Wood, 13 Feb 1891 - 12 Feb 1942
Date
Possibly 1972-73 after c. 1925 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Brass, bronze
Dimensions
8.2cm x 5.7cm x 2.5cm (3 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 1")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Esther Y. Armstrong
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Grant Wood/Licensed VAGA, New York, NY
Object number
NPG.96.29
Exhibition Label
The regionalist painter Grant Wood had a wry and sometimes dark sense of humor. This smiling caricature, with its dimples and pince-nez, was probably made around 1925, when the artist was still in the midst of launching his career.Wood’s family members have recalled that at Christmas, he gave away between fifty and one hundred of these original tiny sculptures, made in gilded plaster. Through these small gifts, the artist literally presented himself and his compliments to his recipients. This metal version may have been created in the early 1970s.
El pintor regionalista Grant Wood tenía un humor irónico y a veces un poco macabro. Esta caricatura son- riente, con sus hoyuelos en las mejillas y lentes sujetos a la nariz, data probablemente de cerca de 1925, cuando el artista estaba aún en vías de lanzar su carrera.La familia de Wood ha comentado que en Navidad el artista regaló entre cincuenta y cien de estas diminutas esculturas originales en yeso dorado. Con esos pequeños regalos, el artista literalmente se daba a sí mismo, con sus felicitaciones, a quienes los recibían. Esta versión en metal podría ser de principios de los años setenta.
Provenance
Esther Y. Armstrong; gift to NPG 1996
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\Iowa
Usage
Usage conditions apply