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Seed Time and Harvest
  • Grant Wood
    born: near Anamosa, Iowa, United States ; died: Iowa City, Iowa, United States ; active: United States
    George Charles Miller, printer
    born: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
    Associated American Artists, publisher
    active 1934–2000
  • Seed Time and Harvest, 1937
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lithograph
  • Paper Type: Rives BFK wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 190 x 306 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 1/2 x 12 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 304 x 405 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 15/16 x 15 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of Hal M. Davison, Class of 1949
  • Not on display
  • 1998.0683
Catalogue raisonné

This wagon has a “bangboard” (like the backboard behind a basketball hoop assuring ears lobbed toward the cart would make it in) and a “scoopboard” making it easy to shovel out the corn. (Flory & Fishburn) That the farmer is not making logical use of the scoopboard, but is carrying the ears into the shed a bushel at a time, is explained by the fact that he is carefully selecting the best ears for next year’s seed. The ears under the gable, arranged as nicely as in any county or state fair, are probably a boastful display of the best of the years’s crop. Wood’s print was made about a decade after the 1926 commercial introduction of hybrid seed. Is Wood’s print of 1937 then a reminder of an era of greater autonomy, when farmers controlled their seed stock and the genetic makeup of their crops? (North & Schuster)