University Museums

Title: Still Life
Name: Painting
Date: 1924
Medium: Oil on canvas
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: In frame: 32 1/2 × 32 1/2 in. (82.6 × 82.6 cm) No frame: 28 × 28 in. (71.1 × 71.1 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of the Michael J. Richards, M.D., Revocable Trust. In the permanent collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Knoll
Object Number: UM2017.2
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Wood’s painting style dramatically changed following his trip to Germany in 1928. There are probably few post-1930 Grant Wood paintings in private hands, and it is unknown how many pre-1930 paintings like this Still Life exist. Wood did not maintain an accurate accounting or record of his early paintings. The trust was inspired to donate Still Life by Grant Wood as a result of a tour of ISU President's home, the Knoll, and bearing witness to the tremendous contemporary Iowa Artists represented in the home.

Frame by Walfred Thulin, 1878-1949. Born in Sweden, Thulin came to America at the age of 22 as a talented wood carver who soon affiliated himself with Herman Dudley Murphy. In 1912 he opened his own shop on Boylston Street in Boston; here he worked until the end of his life in 1949. He was involved in the creation of many churches in his lifetime, and was closely associated with architect Ralph Adams Cram. He is responsible for the altar cross in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and his signature is found in many trays, chests, candle sticks, and, of course, frames which he designed for leading artists (such as John Singer Sargent). His work can be found in the top museums in the country.