Village Slums

  • Grant Wood, Village Slums, 1937, chalk, pencil, charcoal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Park and Phyllis Rinard, 1991.122.1

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

Title
Village Slums
Artists
Date
1937
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 21 1/8 x 16 in. (53.6 x 40.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Park and Phyllis Rinard

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – other – well
  • Cityscape – weather – snow
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – bathroom
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
Object Number
1991.122.1
Palette
URL
Linked Open Data
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