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Grant Wood: American Impressionist
11 Feb 2014
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From June 14 - September 21, 2014, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will host Grant Wood: American Impressionist.

While Grant Wood is best known as an American Regionalist painter, he only arrived at his “signature” mature style around 1930. In the remaining 12 years before his untimely death in 1942, Wood produced several seminal works, although his total output was limited due to his teaching at the University of Iowa and his role as director of WPA art projects in Iowa. 

Before 1930, Wood was much more prolific, and the style he utilized was Impressionism, a stylistic movement begun in France in the 1860s which swept across Europe and eventually to the United States. American Impressionism was the prevailing style in the US from the late 1880s into the 1920s. Characterized by loose brushwork, vivid colors, and an interest in the effects of light, American Impressionism influenced the young Grant Wood. He even painted the same locales time and time again, at different times of the day, during different seasons of the year, and under different weather conditions, just as the French Impressionists did. 

With the world’s largest collection of works by Grant Wood, the CRMA is well positioned to tell the story of this phase of Wood’s career. The exhibition will trace the trajectory of Wood’s interest in Impressionism from the 1910s through to his dramatic stylistic change in the late 1920s, the result of a trip to Germany to oversee the fabrication of the stained glass window for the Veterans Memorial Building.

This exhibition is made possible in part by Rockwell Collins and a Program Fund Grant of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

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