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Iowa: 6 places to celebrate the painter of America's most parodied artwork

Iowa: 6 places to celebrate the painter of America's most parodied artwork

After the Mona Lisa, Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting is probably the world’s most-parodied work of art. Not bad for an Iowa farm boy who was born 125 years ago. 

Wood’s life and art are being celebrated this summer in eastern Iowa, where he was born Feb. 13, 1891, where he grew up and where he did most of his painting after studying in Europe as a young man.

Visitors to eastern Iowa who want to make a Grant Wood pilgrimage should see these places.

-- 1. The focus of the festivities is in Cedar Rapids, where he moved at age 10 with his mother and siblings after his father’s death....

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