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Village Slums

1937 Grant Wood Born: Anamosa, Iowa 1891 Died: Iowa City, Iowa 1942 charcoal, pencil and chalk on paperboard image: 21 1/8 x 16 in. (53.6 x 40.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Park and Phyllis Rinard 1991.122.1 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

Village Slums is one of nine illustrations that Wood created for Sinclair Lewis’s 1920 novel Main Street. Seven of the drawings depict characters from the novel, while only two show locations. Village Slums and another that details a mansion on Main Street that contrasts poor and wealthy neighborhoods. Wood made use of a bird’s-eye perspective in Village Slums, indicating that the viewer is looking down on the little community.

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - bathroom

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Architecture - other - well

Cityscape - street - alley

Cityscape - weather - snow

drawing

charcoal

crayon - chalk

pencil

paperboard

About Grant Wood

Born: Anamosa, Iowa 1891 Died: Iowa City, Iowa 1942

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