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Tree Planting Group

This work—the first of nineteen prints that Wood completed during his career (all for Associated American Artists)—depicts a similar subject to a 1932 painting called Arbor Day. Both works reflect the artist's fond remembrances of the one-room schoolhouse that he had attended in Anamosa, Iowa. This print serves not only as an homage to Wood's supportive teachers, but also as a statement of support for land conservation. Arbor Day, which originated in Nebraska in 1872, was a day to plant trees and to encourage ecology. By 1932 most states had followed suit with many rural communities marking the annual occasion with great solemnity and an almost religious reverence.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes two other Associated American Artists (AAA) prints produced by Wood: Shriners’ Quartet (Eskenazi Museum of Art 68.123.13) and Honorary Degree (2006.406).

Grant Wood
American, 1891–1942
Tree Planting Group
1937
Lithograph on paper
Image: 8 7/16 x 10 7/8 in. (21.4 x 27.6 cm); sheet: 11 15/16 x 16 in. (30.3 x 40.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Dean Emeritus Fernandus Payne, 68.123.16