The lithograph, February, was created in 1941, a year before Wood's death in February of 1942. The print depicts the dark silhouettes of three horses against a gray sky. Wood suggested the bitter winter weather by layering angular hatch lines on top of one another to create the illusion of cold, misty atmosphere. Some critics speculate that this eerie image might have reflected Wood's emotional state as he battled pancreatic cancer at the end of his life.
Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942)
Gift of Mrs. Donald Alexander Ross
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