A Sketch of American Gothic

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Using a combination of plots of several mathematical equations and expressions, this Demonstration generates a sketch of the famous painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. It is one of the most familiar images in twentieth-century American art and has been widely parodied in American popular culture. The painting depicts a farmer holding a pitchfork standing beside a woman.

Contributed by: Wusu Ashiribo Senapon (October 2019)
(Department of Mathematics, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


This Demonstration is inspired by Grant Wood's famous painting American Gothic in 1930. An outline version of the painting can be reproduced using the Desmos graphing calculator.


[1] Wikipedia. "American Gothic." (Oct 14, 2019) en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Gothic&oldid=898630736.

[2] Desmos graphing calculator: "American Gothic." (Oct 14, 2019) www.desmos.com/calculator/ecuqof4ctk.



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