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Daily Art Moment: Grant Wood

This week we’re sharing works from the collection every day that our curators have selected as a personal response to these unprecedented times. First is our Curator of Prints and Drawings, Mary Weaver Chapin:

“In this lithograph, Grant Wood paid homage to the healing arts, using his personal physician, Andrew William Bennett, MD, as his model. Although Dr. Bennett’s face is not visible, Wood suggests the character of the man through his strong yet sensitive hands, his dotted tie, and his watch placed in the foreground.

This print feels especially timely at this moment as healthcare workers battle COVID-19. By extension, the bare hands evoke the danger of spreading disease and the dwindling supply of personal protective equipment, while the watch could serve as a symbol for the elastic quality of time, as days seem both too short and too long.”
— Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Grant Wood (American, 1891–1942). “Family Doctor, 1941.” Lithograph on Rives BFK paper. Gift of Julia Bernard, 87.37

Grant Wood (American, 1891–1942). “Family Doctor, 1941.” Lithograph on Rives BFK paper. Gift of Julia Bernard, 87.37