Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally ambiguous, making the stories behind them more enigmatic—each portrait is a puzzle that has historically invited multiple interpretations. Learn more at whitney.org

[Grant Wood (1891–1942), Appraisal, 1931. Oil on composition board, 29 1⁄2 x 35 1⁄4 in. (74.9 x 89.5 cm). Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, Iowa; on long-term loan to the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa; acquired through the Lull Art Fund. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY]

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Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…

Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally ambiguous, making the stories behind them more enigmatic—each portrait is a puzzle that has historically invited multiple interpretations. Learn more at whitney.org

[Grant Wood (1891–1942), Appraisal, 1931. Oil on composition board, 29 1⁄2 x 35 1⁄4 in. (74.9 x 89.5 cm). Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, Iowa; on long-term loan to the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa; acquired through the Lull Art Fund. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY]

Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally ambiguous, making the stories behind them more enigmatic—each portrait is a puzzle that has historically invited multiple interpretations. Learn more at whitney.org

[Grant Wood (1891–1942), Appraisal, 1931. Oil on composition board, 29 1⁄2 x 35 1⁄4 in. (74.9 x 89.5 cm). Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Dubuque, Iowa; on long-term loan to the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa; acquired through the Lull Art Fund. © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY]

Grant Wood left the “props” in his portraits intentionally…

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