New York, Park Avenue
4 December 1996
Grant Wood (1892-1942)
signed 'Grant Wood' lower center--inscribed 'c' lower left
gouache and colored pencils on paper
25½ x 19in. (64.8 x 48.3cm.)
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M.D. Horn, Farm on the Hill, New York and London, 1936, cover illus.
W.J. Petersen, ed. The Palimpsest, 'A Grant Wood Sampler,' January 1972, vol. LII, no. 1, illus.
Madeline Darrough Horn was a close friend of Grant Wood's and both collaborated on a volume of stories about two young boys, Bill and Tom and their adventures one summer spent on a small rural farm. Part of their experience on the farm was listening to their grandmother tell stories of when she was a small child. The present work was an illustration for one of the their Grandmother's stories entitled 'Deck', a short narrative about a precocious family work horse. Churning illustrates the beginning of the story which reads as follows: '"Grandma, let me churn awhile. You rest and tell us a story. Tell us something that happened when you were a little girl," said Bill. Grandma had been churning very hard, so she was glad to sit down in her rocking chair and rest.' (Horn, p. 31)
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