Painted in 1930, American Gothic hints at the Great Depression. According to the placard, Grant Wood visited Eldon, Iowa where he saw the house, built in the 1880's, that caught his eye. Mr. Wood asked his dentist (Dr. McKeeby) and his own sister (Nan Wood) to pose as the father and daughter.
I like it. It is simple. Wood isn't trying to capture rapid movement. They are just people in their roles, facing their lives, and doing what they do, every day, to live.