The present work, Study for "February" of , is a classic example of Grant Wood's signature Regionalist style depicting the picturesque rolling hills of his native Midwest blanketed in snow with three somber horses. The dark figures of the horses contrast with the soft, white snow, which is perfectly captured in the charcoal medium. The barbed wire fence cuts across the composition, representing the efforts of American farmers to tame and cultivate the rugged land. Wood's stylized visual aesthetic is often combined with a uniquely poetic vision of the American landscape.
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The Art Of The Rural: Reconsidering Grant Wood's Revolt
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Odes to the Midwest
The term American Regionalism refers to a realistic style of painting that began around and became popular during the Great Depression. Although urban subjects were included, the most popular themes of Regionalism were rural communities and everyday situations. Rather than a deliberate movement, guided by a manifesto or unified agenda, it developed organically through the works of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and John Steuart Curry who were dubbed the "Regionalist Triumvirate.
Removed from their idyllic family farm, Grant Wood and his siblings quickly accustomed to the new, urban setting that surrounded them. At the age of fourteen, Wood submitted a drawing of oak leaves to a sweepstakes and won first prize. On the night of his graduation, he left for a summer course taught by nationally known architect and designer Ernest Batchelder at the Minneapolis School of Design and Handicraft. In , Wood relocated to Chicago, where he set up a jewelry and fine metalwork shop. Occasionally, he enrolled in evening drawing classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.