U.S. & World History – The “American Gothic” is one of the most recognized paintings by an American artist. It was painted by Grant Wood in 1930 and people have often wondered why the couple looks so sad. Art historians found some old letters that was written to Grant Wood from the couple, stating that the reason why they were so glum, was because they were informed by some doctors and scientists that breast implants would not be invented for another 50 years.