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Hundreds flock to see "American Gothic"


DES MOINES (AP)--Hundreds flocked to the Des Moines Art Center on Sunday to see Grant Wood's famous 1930 painting "American Gothic" on its last day in town.

Art Center officials said more than 40,000 people have come to see "American Gothic" since it arrived on Jan. 30.

Wood, an Iowa native, painted "American Gothic" during the Great Depression at his studio near Cedar Rapids. The work pictures a father holding a pitchfork and his daughter standing in front of a small, white farmhouse.

The painting is being returned to its home, the Art Institute of Chicago, for the opening of the institute's new wing based on American artwork.

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