Cedar Rapids also has a very good, small art museum. It's virtues include a large Grant Wood collection (he was from here), and an entire wing dedicated to the print maker and teacher Mauricio Lasansky (to be covered in my next blog).
The museum was showing of Grant Wood's early work, before he developed the trademark style he is known for. This earlier painting belongs to the American Impressionist movement, as he was heavily influenced by the French Impressionist art he saw on his three trips to Europe in the early 1900's. However, on his last trip in the late 20's, he visited Germany and was exposed to both Northern Renaissance painting and the current art movement called New Reality; when he returned home to Iowa he began painting in the style with which we are most familar, as in this painting called 'Young Corn':
His earlier work in the American Impressionist style is quite accomplished, and often overlooked:
Van Antwerp Place, 1922-23
Gate in the Wall, 1920
Yellow Door, St. Émilion, 1924
Amber (Indian Creek – Fall), 1927
To be continued...