02-13-1891 – 02-12-1942 Grant DeVolson Wood – Born in Anamosa, Iowa. He was an American painter and best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. His painting “American Gothic” is an iconic image of the 20th Century. In the summer of 1928, Wood went to Europe, where he finally came to terms with his homosexuality. In Paris, Wood immersed himself deeply in the gay culture, spending large amounts of time in gay cafés, gay bars, and gay art salons, drinking heavily with gay French men and boys. He also carried on a number on one-night stands and weekends with men, but formed no close friendships or relationships. When he returned to Iowa he chose to repress his homosexuality and became closeted.