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'American Gothic', Present at the Creation

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'American Gothic', Present at the Creation

'American Gothic', Present at the Creation

'American Gothic', Present at the Creation

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A man, a woman, a house and a pitchfork. Those four elements make Grant Wood's depression-era painting, American Gothic, instantly recognizable and easily mimicked. As part of the Present at the Creation series, NPR's Melissa Gray reports on the painting that launched a thousand parodies. Image at left courtesy Art Institute of Chicago.

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