In 1926, Grant Wood was commissioned by Eugene Eppley to paint murals to adorn his hotels throughout Iowa. "Wood decorated the restaurants of these hotels--the 'Corn Rooms,' they were called--with a midwestern landscape theme he would repeat in his regionalist style in later years: a panorama of harvested cornfields stretching deep into space, dotted with corn shocks and an occasional barn, windmill, and farmhouse. The paintings were done in Wood's loose, brushy style, in light blond colors on eight-foot-high canvases affixed to the walls." (W.M. Corn, Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision, New Haven, Connecticut, 1983, p. 26) The present work directly relates to a series of works Wood created the late 1920s and serves as an important precursor to a subject that would define the artist's career.