Landscape. Painting is owned jointly by the MIA and the Des Moines Art Center

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The Birthplace of Herbert Hoover, West Branch, Iowa, 1931

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Grant Wood, born and raised in Iowa, was the foremost artist of the American Regionalist movement, which focused on the human condition and the values of a rural environment. This well-organized landscape, with its linear precision and repetition of forms, emphasizes the order and harmony of country life. A group of Iowa businessmen commissioned this painting to present to President Herbert Hoover, who was born in the white frame cabin situated immediately behind the two-story house in the middle of the scene. The president, who had stressed his humble origins during his campaign, refused the painting because the inclusion of the larger, later house obscured the cabin. Wood eventually sold it through a dealer.

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Title
The Birthplace of Herbert Hoover, West Branch, Iowa
Artist Life
1891–1942
Role
Artist
Accession Number
81.105
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Landscape. Painting is owned jointly by the MIA and the Des Moines Art Center

© Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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