grant-wood-dorr-1935 Grant Wood (American, 1892-1942)

Death on the Ridge Road, 1935
oil on masonite
Williams College Museum of Art, Gift of Cole Porter


This painting is part of WCMA’s permanent collection. I love how each piece has several stories to it, not the least of which is how it came to be at WCMA. I would like to hear more about this bequest. What was Porter’s connection to the college? Please tell us if you know.

The only other tidbit of information I will offer is that this particular painting was unusual for Wood in that it was the only one of his landscapes that depicted a motor vehicle and a less than idyllic mood.

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