Seeing America – topic: city and country

Wayne Thiebaud, Ponds and Streams, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 152.4 cm (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, ©Wayne Thiebaud)
Can the commonplace working farmland of California's Sacramento River Valley be a place of of breathtaking beauty?

The landscape remade

Grafton Tyler Brown, View of the Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
In order to capture the beauty of America’s national parks, Brown faced the prejudices of the lawless West.

“Leave it as it is”

Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930, oil on beaver board, 78 x 65.3 cm (The Art Institute of Chicago)
Though often thought of as a simple image of American values, this painting resists easy interpretation.

As contested as the nation