American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Original Painting by Grant Wood
The painting depicts a farmer holding a pitchfork with his daughter in front of a rural-style wooden house "Carpenter Gothic". It is one of the most familiar images of American art in the 20th century, as well as a universally recognized icon.
American Gothic is one of the few images that has become a popular icon and is one of the most reproduced and most parodied. Many artists have replaced the characters of the painting with famous couples and the house with known buildings. Quotes and parodies of the painting appear regularly in postcards, magazines, advertisements, comics and television broadcasts
Enamels and mosaic tiles broken, cut, to recreate the austere atmosphere of the painting. The cutting of the enamels, as in all the other works, follows the artist's brushstroke, just to get in tune with it, and recreate, as faithfully, the sensation emanating from the artwork itself.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.