Sultry Night

A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1939

Artist:

Grant Wood (American, 1892–1942)
published by Associated American Artists

About this artwork

Grant Wood studied at the SAIC between 1913 and 1916. Between 1937 and 1941, he created 19 lithographs that were published by Associated American Artist (A.A.A.), a private gallery and publisher. A.A.A had a unique approach to marketing, offering printed images of American life in large editions (usually 250 prints) at reasonable prices via mail order and through regional stores such as Marshall Field’s in Chicago.
This lithograph gained notoriety for its full-frontal portrayal of a nude man; the U.S. Post Office banned A.A.A. from mailing the print because it was considered obscene. As a result, only 100 impressions were made.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Grant Wood

Title

Sultry Night

Origin

United States

Date

1939

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed lower right, below image, in graphite: "Grant Wood"

Dimensions

228 x 296 mm (image); 250 x 320 mm (sheet, sight)

Credit Line

Gift of David Q. and Mary A. Bell

Reference Number

2015.575

Extended information about this artwork

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