The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Grant Wood American

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Here, Wood depicts the legendary story of the American patriot Paul Revere, as learned from an 1863 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. From a bird’s-eye view, the painting shows Revere on horseback racing through a colonial town square in Massachusetts. Despite the work’s historical subject matter, Wood did not attempt to depict the scene with factual accuracy. The houses are overly bright, as if lit by electric light, and the dramatic moonlight casts unrealistic shadows. The stylized houses, geometric greenery, and high perspective give the painting an otherworldly or dreamlike dimension.

#1950. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere



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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Grant Wood (American, Anamosa, Iowa 1892–1942 Iowa City, Iowa), Oil on Masonite

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