Grant Wood's 1930 American Gothic is an iconic image of an American farmer and his daughter. Often parodied, it is one of the most recognizable American paintings.
The Gothic element refers to the architectural style of the house in the background. Initially many local Iowans were furious because the painting seemed to depict them as “pinched-faced Bible thumpers.” But after the Depression, the painting came to represent the steadfast American pioneering spirit.
The painting has been frequently parodied. The New American Gothic substitutes the an AR-16 for the farmer’s pitchfork, and the farmer’s daughter, not to be outdone, sports a .15 mm handgun in her apron. A mini mansion now replaces the Carpenter Gothic farmhouse in the original.