The Real American Gothic

American Gothic models

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The Dibble House

The first element to inspire Grant Wood to paint “American Gothic” was the house. The Dibble House, now more commonly known as the American Gothic House, still stands in Eldon, Iowa, and now attracts well over 15,000 visitors a year.
Wood painted a sketch of the house, then returned to his home in Cedar Rapids to complete the painting, using his sister, Nan Wood Graham, and his dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby, as models.

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American Gothic by Grant Wood
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Original black & white photo, 1942.