Happy Birthday Grant Wood!! Today we look at an American painter, born in 1891 on a farm in Iowa. He first became interested in pursuing art after winning third place in a contest for a crayon picture of oak leaves when he was 14. He had very little formal art training but did teach high school art. He traveled to Europe a couple of times, working with Impressionism and Post-impressionism. His most famous painting is American Gothic, a satire on the American farmer.