Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FORMIGA FELIZ & the American Gothic Domesticity d'apres GRANT WOOD

                                                     drawing by marguerita  

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood  and here a  version 
by Marguerita Bornstein not n the collection of the Art Institute of 

So here is FORMIGRANT.....

Wood's inspiration came from what is now known as the American 
Gothic House, and a decision to paint the house along with "the 
kind of people I fancied should live in that house.
The inspiration for Marguerita,come as FORMIGA FELIZ,a 
character she created is  wondering around the world,looking at 
interesting paintings and participating with onlookers.
The drawing shows a farmer standing beside his spinster daughter.
FORMIGA FELIZ,obviously  perched on their shoulders.
The figures  by Grant,were modeled by the artist's sister and their dentist. The woman is dressed in acolonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the couple are in the traditional roles of men and women, the man'spitchfork symbolizing hard labor, and the flowers over the woman's right shoulder suggesting domesticity.
It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art,[1] and has been widely parodied within American popular culture.

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